Person NameSimpson; William Douglas (1896-1968); Dr; librarian and antiquarian
ForenamesWilliam Douglas
Epithetlibrarian and antiquarian
ActivityBorn in 1896, the son of H.F. Morland Simpson (1859-1920), William Douglas Simpson graduated MA from Aberdeen in 1919 and D.Litt in 1924. Following his first graduation, he lectured in the University of Aberdeen on British history, but in 1926 took up the post of University Librarian and Clerk of the Council, replacing P. J. Anderson (1850-1926). He published many papers on castles of the north-east of Scotland, and was a keen archaeologist. An enthusiastic member of the Scout movement, he encouraged Scouts to help on archaeological digs, and organised the Sea Scouts in Scotland during the Second World War. He was awarded the OBE in 1954. He retired from his various university posts in 1966 and was presented with a portrait and sculpture. He died in 1968.
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