John Stuart Blackie was born in Glasgow on 28 July 1809, the son of Alexander Blackie, a bank manager, and his wife Helen Stodart. He died, probably of complications resulting from asthma, in Edinburgh on 2 March 1895. He married Eliza Wyld in 1842; they had no children. After education at Aberdeen Grammar School, Blackie attended Marischal College (1821–4) and Edinburgh (1824–6) before returning to Aberdeen to study theology for three years, apparently intending on a career in the church. He then spent three years on the Continent, studying variously at Göttingen, Berlin and Rome, where he studied modern Greek (having learned the classical language while at Aberdeen).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.