Archibald Alison 1st Baronet
Biography of Archibald Alison 1st Baronet
Sir Archibald Allison
Sir Archibald Alison (1792-1867) was Rector of the University, 1850 to 1852.
Born in Shropshire, Alison studied at the University of Edinburgh and became a lawyer and, in 1834, Sheriff of Lanarkshire. A Tory in his politics, Alison was involved in repressing militant cotton spinners and trade unions during the strikes and public disorder of the 1830s and he defended the institution of slavery and the rights of the Confederacy to secede from the USA in the 1860s. He was a frequent contributor to Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and was the author of the ten-volume History of Europe during the French Revolution, (published 1833-42).
Alison defeated the future Prime Minister Lord Palmerston in the 1850 rectorial election. He was created a baronet in 1852.