Correspondence with Professor Alexander Thom BSc LLD about a plot ofNether Largie Stones

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Alexander Thom, Engineer, Archaeologist and Aerodynamicist, was born on the 26th March 1894 in Carradale, Kintyre, and matriculated at the University of Glasgow when he was 20 years old, for the session of 1914-1915, as an Associate of the Royal Technical College. Thom returned to University in 1921, when he was appointed as a lecturer in Engineering and Aeronautics, and held the Carnegie Teaching Fellowship in Engineering from 1927-1931. He obtained his PhD from the University on 23 June 1926, followed by his DSc in April 1929, his thesis explored Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on Fluid Flow in two Dimensions. In 1945 Thom was elected Professor of Engineering science at Oxford and a fellow of Brasenose College, retiring in 1961. He was a member of the British Astronomical Association, and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. In 1960 he received an honorary LLD from the University of Glasgow and a DSc in 1976 from the Strathclyde University.