James Wood (encyclopaedist)

James Wood (12 October 1820 – 17 March 1901) was a Scottish editor and Free Church minister.[1] He was born in Leith and studied at the University of Edinburgh, living most of his life in Edinburgh.[1] His admiration for Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin may have contributed to his failure to secure a ministry.[1] Instead he earned a living as a writer.[1] He translated Auguste Barth's Religions of India and edited Nuttall's Standard Dictionary,[2] The Nuttall Encyclopaedia,[2] Warne's Dictionary of Quotations[1] (later titled Nuttall's Dictionary of Quotations[3]), Bagster & Sons' Helps to the Bible,[1] and a Carlyle School Reader.[1] In 1881 he published anonymously The Strait Gate, and Other Discourses, with a Lecture on Thomas Carlyle, by a Scotch Preacher.[4][5] He is described by P. J. E. Wilson as " that most conscientious of pedants".[6]

The cover and titlepage of the 1st edition of the Nuttall Encyclopædia, ed. by Rev. James Wood. London-N.Y.:"F. Warne",1901.



  • Stirling, Hutchison (1902). "Prefatory Note". Sartor Resartus. By Carlyle, Thomas. Wood, James (ed.). Vol. 1. London: J. M. Dent. pp. vii–xii. Retrieved 10 October 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stirling 1902, pp.vii–viii
  2. ^ a b Wood, James (1900). The Nuttall Encyclopaedia: Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge. London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co. p. iii. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ Shipps, Anthony W. (1990). The Quote Sleuth: A Manual for the Tracer of Lost Quotations. University of Illinois Press. p. 26. ISBN 9780252016950. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ Stirling 1902, p.ix
  5. ^ OCLC 57460139
  6. ^ Wilson, P. J. E. (14 January 1984). "Points: Definition of scurvy". British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Edition). 288 (6411): 152. doi:10.1136/bmj.288.6411.152-g. PMC 1443956.

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