Degree and Graduation Portraits of Margaret Robertson (1895-1987)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of: a black and white photograph - studio portrait - of Margaret Robertson wearing academic dress during the period of her graduation in 1919; copy of a studio portrait, seated pose, during the period of graduation; and, degree certificate or parchment of Margaret Robertson, interesting for the hand-corrected script indicating 1919 rather than 1909 (and indicative of the shortage of parchment paper in the wake of the 1914-1918 war).

Administrative / Biographical History

Margaret Robertson was born in March 1895, the first of six children. She was educated at the village school in Balnaguard, north Perthshire, Tayside, in Scotland, and then at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy and at Perth Academy. After secondary education, she studied at Edinburgh University and graduated in 1919. She was subsequently appointed as a teacher of English and French at Perth Academy.

Margaret Robertson married Alexander Macgregor (M.A., Glasgow) and the couple had three children. They lived in Invergowrie, near Dundee, where Mr. Macgregor was the Headmaster of the local school, Invergowrie Public School.

Their son James (Dr. James D. Macgregor) became a doctor and he served with the Colonial Medical Service in Sierra Leone and the Solomon Islands.

Margaret Robertson (Mrs. Alexander Macgregor) died on 6 December 1987 in Hillside Hospital, Perth.

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Acquisition Information

Material acquired 5 July 2006. Accession no: E2006.16.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using information received from Dr. James D. Macgregor.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University, Special Collections.

Related Material

Also at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections, is a collection of material relating to Dr. James D. Macgregor, the son of Margaret (Robertson) and Alexander Macgregor, and to his postings to Sierra Leone and Solomon Islands with the Colonial Medical Service. Collection no: Coll-1089 and Accession no. E2006.17.