William Rollo

Biography of William Rollo

William Rollo was a son of the Manse. He was born in Springburn on 27th November 1892, where his father, William, was a clergyman. The family home was at St James Parsonage, Springburn. William attended Whitehill Higher Grade School and from there went on to the University of Glasgow to study Classics.

He first matriculated in the Faculty of Arts in 1911, and his father was still alive at that time. William took Latin, Greek and Mathematics, passing the first two (taking 8th place in Latin), but having to resit Mathematics. It was his only setback. The following academic year he studied Latin and Greek at Higher Ordinary. In his third year he passed Moral Philosophy and went on to a fourth year, one of the small, elite group of students at that time to take an Honours degree.

He graduated MA with Honours in Latin and Greek on 20th April 1915. The family had moved home, probably as the result of the father's change of occupation. He was now a lecturer and the family home was no longer St James Parsonage, but a house at 31 Carlyle Drive. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of war and his Roll of Honour entry can be viewed here. He was taken as a POW and was liberated in the Netherlands, leading him to continue his studies is Leyden. Glasgow's alumni records as being a student at Leyden in 1922.

William graduated DLitt from Leyden with a thesis on the Marquina dialect of the Basque language. He went on to have a successful academic career. He married and went out to South Africa in the 1920s to lecture in Classics at the University of Cape Town. William Rollo, soldier and classicist, died in 1960.


William Rollo
Born 27 November 1892, Scotland.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1915;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol. 3)
Record last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

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