Robert Buchanan was born in Callander, Stirlingshire on 16 February 1786 and died in retirement at Dunoon, Argyll on 2 March 1873. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1800 but deferred his graduation until 1828. He spent time as a tutor in the family of the Earl of Wemyss and Fife. In 1812 he was licensed as a preacher in the Church of Scotland, and a year later was presented to the parish of Peebles in the Borders. In 1824 Buchanan was appointed assistant to George Jardine, the ageing Professor of Logic at Glasgow; and three years later he succeeded to the chair. He taught at Glasgow until 1864, when he was succeeded in turn by John Veitch. Like William Fleming, Buchanan opposed attempts to remodel the teaching of the humanities in Scotland along Oxonian lines. He was created LL.D. in 1869.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.