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CodeNA8643
Dates1880-1958
Person NameMeikle; Henry William (1880-1958); Librarian, National Library of Scotland
SurnameMeikle
ForenamesHenry William
EpithetLibrarian, National Library of Scotland
ActivityHenry William Meikle was born in 1880 the son of Thomas Meikle (1838-1906). He was educated at George Watson's School, Edinburgh, and thereafter at the University of Edinburgh, where he received a 1st Class degree in English in 1904. He became a Lecteur d’Anglais at Lyons University in 1904, but the following year returned to George Watson’s School as a master. In 1908 he was awarded a Carnegie Scholarship in History and at the same time took up the post of tutor at Edinburgh University, where he stayed until 1916, lecturing in English Language and Literature. In 1911 he had been awarde an MA by the university, and the following year he obtained a D.Litt. for work on Scotland and the French Revolution. He was to be a respected commentator on the history of Scottish French relations for the rest of his life. After leaving his post at the university he became an administrative officer in the Ministry of Munitions and the Ministry of Labour, remaining until 1923, when he was appointed secretary and librarian to the Institute of Historical Research in London. He joined the National Library of Scotland in 1927 and was appointed Librarian in 1931. His reputation as a historian and expert on Scottish records increased, he was a sought after speaker, and several of his lectures were broadcast on radio. In 1940 he was appointed HM Historiographer, and was awarded a CBE in 1944 and an honorary degree from Edinburgh University in 1946. Meikle also published widely, not only on history but also on Scottish literature and other aspects of Scottish culture. Recognition for his scholarship also came from abroad with the award of degrees from several French Universities. Although he retired from his post in 1946, Meikle's association with the National Library continued, and in 1952 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees. Meikle served on various advisory panels and committees. He died in 1958.
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