William Wallace

Biography of William Wallace

William Wallace, son of James Wallace MD, was born in Glasgow in July 1860.Following in his father's footsteps William started his studies in Medicine in 1882. In his first year he took Natural History, Botony and Chemistry, winning a prize in the latter. For the rest of his time at the University of Glasgow he took subjects more obviously related to medicine including: Anatomy, Pathology, Surgery and Midwifery. He graduated MB CM in 1886.

In 1888 William gained his MD, having written a thesis entitled, 'The Field of Vision: with special reference to its anomalies in Diseases of the Nervous System'.

During the First World War William worked with the Royal Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of Captain and taking only three weeks leave over the course of the whole war.

William could be described as a polymath, he certainly didn't limit himself to one field. Not long after getting his MD he went to study music at the Royal Academy of Music and became a composer of note. He was one of the first composers of symphonic poems, notably writing one for his namesake's anniversary. His music is still played to this day, notably in a recent recording by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.


William Wallace
Born July 1860.
Died 16 December 1940.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MB CM, 1885; MD, 1888;
Occupation categories: composers; opthalmologist
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 1)
Record last updated: 9th Jan 2014

University Connections

University Roles

There are no comments available.