Samuel Neil was born in Edinburgh on 4 August 1825 and died while on a visit to Sullom Manse, Shetland on 28 August 1901. He was the second of three sons of James Neil, an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife Sarah Lindsay, a connection of the Lindsays, earls of Crawford. On the death of the father from cholera in 1832, the family moved to Glasgow. After education at the Old Grammar School at Glasgow, Neil entered the university. While an undergraduate he assisted the English master in the high school and worked for newspapers, above all the Glasgow Argus. Having finished his university studies, he served as a private tutor, then as a master successively at Falkirk Charity School (1850), at Southern Collegiate School, Glasgow (1852), and at St Andrew's School, Glasgow (1853). He was finally rector of Moffat Academy from 1855 to 1873.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.