Person NameDickinson; Professor; William Croft (1897-1966); Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography, Edinburgh University
ForenamesWilliam Croft
EpithetProfessor of Scottish History and Palaeography, Edinburgh University
ActivityA son of the manse, William Croft Dickinson was born in 1897 and educated first at St. Andrews University, whence he graduated MA in 1921. His studies were interrupted by the First World War, during which he served in France and Flanders with the 45th Company of the Machine Gun Corps (15th Scottish Division), and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917. He went on to study in London and graduated D.Lit. in 1928, and remained in London to take up the post of librarian of the British Library of Political and Economic Science at the London School of Economics in 1933. He held the post until 1944, when he was appointed to the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography in Edinburgh University. He was Rhind Lecturer to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1942, and he also served as a member of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments (Scotland) and of the Scottish Records Advisory Council. He published widely on Scottish history, including editions of historical documents, and on Robert Bruce, and was editor of the Scottish Historical Review from 1947. He was made CBE in 1963, and died the same year.
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