THE editor of the Weekly Citizen, and assistant-editor of the Evening Citizen, is a native of Fife, and was born at St. Monance in 1839. He spent his youth in Paisley as a shawl designer, then removed to Glasgow, and for nearly three years was Secretary of Glasgow Athenaeum. From the Athenaeum he passed to the staff of the Citizen, where he gained an insight into newspaper work, indeed was taught the essentials of newspaper work by its editor and proprietor, the late Dr. James Hedderwick. As sub-editor and leader writer he has been identified with the Weekly and Evening Citizens for nearly forty years, and since the conversion of the proprietary into a limited liability company he has been one of the directors. He is a specialist on art and the drama, and was counted among the familiar and honoured friends of the late Sir Henry Irving.
A quiet, retiring man, Mr. Mudie has never obtruded himself on the public life of the city, but he has exercised a vital influence on Glasgow and the Scottish press. The Citizen was the earliest afternoon paper north of the Tweed.
Mr. Mudie is an omnivorous reader, with a singular and rapid power of judgment which enables him to seize upon and take the best out of everything. As evidence of this it is only necessary to cite the Weekly Citizen, which was not only the earliest of the literary extract papers, but for more than a generation has remained incomparably the best of its class.