Papers of William Boyd, 1874-1962, educationalist, reader in department of education, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the unpublished reminiscences of William Boyd, and also a copy of William Boyd's bibliography, produced by Dr Hugh Boyd.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Boyd was born in Riccarton, Ayrshire on 18 March 1874  , the son of David Boyd, a journeyman pattern-maker and Janet Smith, a farmer's daughter and servant maid. He married Isa Burt in 1905 and had one daughter and then married Dorothy Wilson in 1919, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

He was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and the University of Glasgow . At the University he took at Honours Philosophy degree and won the John Clark scholarship four years in a row. He graduated MA in 1896  . He attended the Free Church College from 1895-1897 intending to enter the Ministry but decided to pursue a teaching career instead. Advised by his old teacher David Murray to first get a Science degree and was awarded the Ewing Fellowship of 100 pounds per annum to pursue his studies. He graduated BSc in 1900  and started teaching at Blairgowrie Secondary School the following year.

He moved to North Kelvinside School in 1902 where he rekindled his interest in the Glasgow University Settlement. He became Headmaster of Colston Public School in 1907  and then was appointed Lecturer in Education at the University the same year. He graduated DPhil in 1911  for his thesis The Educational Theory of Jean Jacques Rousseau , later published by Longmans. This was one of many educational publications.

He remained Lecturer and then Reader in Education at the University of Glasgow until 1946  , being awarded an LLD for his services to Education. He was President of the Educational Institute of Scotland in 1920-1921, Warden of Glasgow University Student Settlement and afterwards President. He was visiting Professor of Education at Columbia University, New York, USA. He acted as consultant on the Third Statistical Account of Scotland from 1947.

He remained Emeritus Reader in Education at the University of Glasgow until his death on 28 August 1962  .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit: Boyd family: 1984; additional deposit: Dr Hugh Boyd: October 1995; additional deposit: Caroline Brett on behalf of Dr Hugh Boyd: Oct 2008: ACCN 3261

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

Not known

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

With Dr Boyd's family before depositing in GUAS


None expected

Related Material

Notes of Dr Boyd's education lectures from 1916-1917 can be found in GB 0248 DC 357, Papers of Agnes Duncan Gray, 1894-1987, arts graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland, GB 0248 DC 347, Papers of James Vint Grant, 1908-1993, arts and science graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland, and GB 0248 DC 282, Papers of Alexander Lowson Young, 1904-1955, arts, science and education graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Location of Originals

Dr Hugh Boyd


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names



Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 08 October 2004 and Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 8 September 2004. Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 29 November 2007, Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 12 April 2010, and Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 25 October 2011.

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