David Dale A Life
David Dale A Life (David J. McLaren)
This new book reflects 30 years of research by the author since the publication of his work on Dale in 1983.
'Here if ever, a tribute of respect and admiration is due to departed worth.' These words appeared in Dale's obituary notice in The Glasgow Courier on 20th March, 1806. Robert Dale Owen, remembering the day of his grandfather's funeral, talks of the streets being lined with mourners. All the shops were shut as a mark of respect and he notes that Dale's death was seen in Glasgow as 'a public calamity'. Whoever and whatever this man was, the Glasgow public clearly knew of him and considered him worthy of recognition. In many ways, this new biography of Dale accords him similar 'respect and admiration', although it is far from an uncritical account.