A CHIEF part of the literary tradition of Glasgow in the fifties and sixties gathers about the name of the late Dr. James Hedderwick, of the Citizen. He was not only a poet himself, but the Maecenas of poets and writers, and it was largely to his early encouragement that the country owed the productions of such men as Alexander Smith and William Black and David Gray. At the head of the papers which he founded, the Evening Citizen and the Weekly Citizen, has been, since Dr. Hedderwick's death, his fourth son. Mr. Edwin Charles Hedderwick was born in the neighbourhood of Glasgow in 1850, and was educated at the Collegiate School, then at the High School in John Street, and afterwards at Glasgow University. He entered business at the age of fifteen, but drifted eventually into the Citizen office, where he has remained. Apart from his work in connection with the Citizen, Mr. Hedderwick has not sought to take part in the public life of the city, by reason of an opinion which he holds strongly, that any personal connection with public affairs on the part of its principals is apt to interfere with the impartiality of a newspaper. Till 1904 Mr. Hedderwick had the collaboration, on the business side of the Citizen management, of his brother, Mr. Maxwell Hedderwick. but since the undertaking was formed into a private limited liability company, the latter has retired.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)