Robert Smith McKinnon

Biography of Robert Smith McKinnon

Robert Smith McKinnon age 65
Robert Smith McKinnon age 65

Robert Smith McKinnon graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA on 18 April 1931. He attended the University from 1909-1913 but did not graduate until 1931 due to war service.

Robert was born 16th September 1890 in Carluke, Lanarkshire and his father was William, an Engine Driver. He went to school in Airdrie where he, a keen footballer, captained Airdrie High team.

During his time at the University Robert studied subjects such as, Latin, Mathematics, Greek, English, and Logic and Metaphysics. He did not graduate upon completing his classes, however, as he left for war service. The Senate minutes of the University from 27th January 1931 record the decision to pass his degree and allow him to graduate. He carried on his passion for football while at the University and captained the University team. He was scouted by the Scottish league; playing as an amateur for both Clyde and Airdrie.

During the First World War Robert served in The Scottish Horse, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders with the regimental number 699,225593.

Upon leaving the University Robert worked in Glasgow schools as assistant master and was registered as a teacher, after military service, on 1st August 1920. He became a teacher in Glasgow and the Potteries and was later headmaster at Bucknall in Stoke on Trent for 23 years. He continued his sporting interests and was Chairman of Hanley Schools Athletic Association and the City Schools Association. In these roles he helped administer sport as well as teach it.

Robert Smith McKinnon died on 8th March 1975 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.


Robert Smith McKinnon
Born 16 September 1890.
Died 8 March 1975.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1931;
Occupation categories: school teachers
Record last updated: 13th Nov 2014

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