Robert Carruthers (5 November 1799– 26 May 1878) was a Scottish journalist and miscellaneous writer.

Robert Caruthers

He was born in Dumfriesshire and was for a time a teacher in Huntingdon. He wrote a History of Huntingdon in 1824. In 1828 he became editor of the Inverness Courier, in which role he continued for many years.

He edited Alexander Pope's works with a memoir (1853), and along with Robert Chambers edited the first edition of Chambers' Cyclopædia of English Literature (1842–44). He received the degree of LL.D. from Edinburgh.[1]

One of his daughters married the sculptor Alexander Munro.[2]


  1. ^ Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J. M. Dent & Sons; New York, E. P. Dutton.
  2. ^ Cust, Lionel, Munro, Alexander, Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 39, (1894).