SECOND son of the late Robert Rule, yarn merchant in Paisley, Mr. Rule was born at Rothesay in 1837. He was educated at the Grammar School of Paisley, and afterwards in Glasgow, married in 1868 a sister of the late Lord Shand, and during the greater part of a long business career was partner in the firm of Rule & Greenlees, cloth manufacturers, Montrose Street. Though he has now retired from that business, he is an active director and chairman of several commercial companies, and is also Deputy-Chairman of the Savings Bank of Glasgow, and Chairman of the Investment Trust connected with the Savings Bank. He is an elder and supporter of the United Free Church, and, as representative of the Presbytery of Bombay, took a prominent part on the side of the professor in the celebrated Robertson Smith case in 1881. In politics he is a staunch Liberal Unionist. He is the author of "The Place of the Psalms in Public Worship," as well as of numerous articles and pamphlets on church questions and financial subjects. His travels have extended over South Africa, India, and Burma.

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