Leslie Houstoun

Biography of Leslie Houstoun

Matriculation record for Leslie Houstoun
Matriculation record for Leslie Houstoun

Leslie Houstoun graduated MA on the 23rd June 1920.

Leslie was the son of William Houstoun, a retired mercantile cashier. His elder brothers Robert and Septimus had already graduated by the time that Leslie came to Glasgow, and were established as lecturer and accountant, respectively.

Leslie's first year was 1916 to 1917, when he studied Latin, French and Mathematics, earning a prize in the last of these. His education was disrupted by the First World War and he joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, and became 2nd lieutenant. You can find his name in our Roll of Honour here. During the war he became friends with Thomas F McIlwraith, the Canadian anthropologist, and both were members of the Army of Occupation in Germany following the Armistice. According to McIlwraith's letters, Houstoun was a skilled piper, and in May 1919 played the bagpipes from their billet to irritate the Germans.

Leslie returned to his studies in 1919 and graduated the following year with an MA. He established a career as a civil servant and lived with his brothers in Kelvinside. He died in 1952.


Leslie Houstoun
Born 14 June 1899.
Died 19 October 1952.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1920; Arts,
Occupation categories: civil servants; soldiers
Additional Information: George Metcalf Archival Collection, Canadian War Museum, Ottowa https://www.warmuseum.ca/learn/research-collections/military-history-research-centre/
Record last updated: 15th Jan 2020

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