Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace

Biography of Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace

Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace
Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace

Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in 1913. She was born in Glasgow, daughter of Peter, a shipbuilder, and had previously been educated at Ayr Academy and in Germany and Paris.

Wallace first matriculated at the University aged 31 to study for an Arts degree. She took a wide range of subjects, including German, English and Moral Philosophy. In the final year of her degree she was awarded a prize in Geology. She graduated on the 22nd November 1913. Wallace worked as a secretary for the mistress of Queen Margaret College from 1918 to 1935 when the college closed, and from 1936 to 1946 was the warden of Southpark House University Students’ Residences.

During the 1930’s the amount of female graduates was steadily increasing, with women accounting for more than 27% of the graduate population from 1934-1937. In response to the need for more representation, Wallace became the first female member of the University Court when she was elected an Assessor on 27th October 1937. She was proposed for the position by Mrs Flora Tebbs, Principle of the Glasgow High School for Girls. She retired from her position as assessor in December 1946.


Elizabeth Carlaw Wallace
Born 7 May 1879.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1913;
Record last updated: 12th Oct 2017

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