Robert M. Wenley was born on 19 July 1861 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother, Jemima Isabella, was from the aristocratic Veitch family; his father, James Adams Wenley, was treasurer of the Bank of Scotland. Wenley entered the University of Glasgow at age fifteen and excelled at both philosophy and athletics. John Veitch, a maternal relation, was professor of logic; while Edward Caird (professor of moral philosophy) and his brother John Caird (Principal of Glasgow) were liberalizing influences who taught an idealistic and evolutionary theism that attracted Wenley's devotion. His studies were interrupted by fatigue and recuperative travel in Europe. After returning to Glasgow in the early 1880s Wenley reassumed his status as one of the Cairds’ finest protégés, among a remarkable generation of philosophers from Glasgow that included John H. Muirhead, Henry Jones, and John Watson. He received the MA in 1884 and remained at Glasgow as assistant professor of logic (1886–94) and degree examiner in mental philosophy (1888–91). The University of Edinburgh awarded Watson the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (1895) and Doctor of Science (1891). He served as head of the philosophy department at Queen Margaret College from 1888–95.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.