The collection consists of the unpublished reminiscences of William Boyd, and also a copy of William Boyd's bibliography, produced by Dr Hugh Boyd.
Papers of William Boyd, 1874-1962, educationalist, reader in department of education, University of Glasgow, Scotland
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 248 DC 130
- Dates of Creationc1955 -c1990
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.15 metres (2 files)
Scope and Content
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
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
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With Dr Boyd's family before depositing in GUAS
Location of Originals
Dr Hugh Boyd
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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.