Biography of Ernesto Grillo
Ernesto Nicola Giuseppe Grillo (1877-1946) the University's first Stevenson Professor of Italian Language and Literature from 1925 to 1940.
He was born in S. Angelo dei Lombardi, Italy, in December 1877. His family intended for him to enter the priesthood, however he chose to pursue a teaching and literary career. He studied at various universities in Italy, in Bonn, Germany, and at Cambridge, England. Grillo was appointed Professor of English and German at the University of Urbino, 1903 to 1905, and Director of the Anglo-American Institute in Florence, 1905 to 1909.
Grillo joined the Unviersity of Glasgow in 1910 when he succeeded Fernando Agnoletti as lecturer in Italian, and he was also Head of the Italian Department at the Athenaeum Commercial College in Glasgow, 1911 to 1940. Grillo was well liked by his students and staff alike, and was involved in the wider Scottish community, giving public lectures in the evenings, and participating in the activities of the Scoto-Italian Society, which he helped to found.
He was Interim Italian Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh from 1918–20, as well as Italian Examiner to University of Edinburgh, 1919–25. He held the post of Italian Examiner to the Civil Service Commission from 1912–40, and was Italian Examiner to Royal Society of Arts since 1919. He was interim Italian Consul-General for Scotland in 1921, and was appointed a Knight Officer of the Crown of Italy.
Grillo was a prolific author of Italian grammars, studies of literary figures and Italian Studies. He is best remembered for his book Shakespeare in Italy (1925).
He retired from his post as Stevenson Professor in 1940, and lived in Cardross and then Girvan where he died unexpectedly on 6th July 1946.