Graeme D. Eddie was born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland in September 1951. He was educated at schools in Forfar, Carnoustie, and latterly at Abroath Academy. This was followed by a brief career in primary school teaching in Ross-shire and Angus, 1972-1975, and then in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), 1975 to 1985. These earlier career paths were supported by study at Moray House College of Education (now the School of Education, Edinburgh University) between 1969-1972, and at Birmingham Polytechnic (now part of the University of Aston) during spring 1975. In the field of TEFL, he worked first in Sweden, in Malmö and Helsingborg, with the Folk University of Sweden (Kursversamheten vid Lundsuniversitet), 1975-1977, and then in Saudi Arabia with British Aerospace PLC contracted to the Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force at King Abdul Aziz Air Force Base, Dhahran, on the Arabian Gulf, 1978-1985. A brief Civil Service career in London intervened between these posts, 1977-1978.
In September 1985 he returned to the UK and to full-time study first at Aberdeen University, then at Edinburgh University, and at Linköping University in Sweden. He obtained the degrees of M.A. (Edinburgh 1989), M.Litt. (Aberdeen 1990), and Ph.D. (Aberdeen 1993). He studied variously: Linguistics; Scandinavian Studies (Swedish); International Relations; and the Security, Defence and Foreign Policy of Sweden. He carried out fieldwork research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, 1992. His Ph.D. was entitled Swedish security policy responses to the emerging post-Cold War environment: rising to the challenge, conforming to a pattern. In 1993-1994 he studied Information and Library Science at Strathclyde University and was awarded the postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (Dip.LIS).
In September 1994 he joined the staff of Edinburgh University Library (EUL) as an Assistant Librarian, but worked predominantly with the archive collections maintained by the Library's Special Collections. He became an Associate of the Library Association in 1996. In earlier years at the University Library, work also included tasks with EDINA, and with the reference library team, and more recently with the academic support team of liaison librarians where he consulted with the Business School and the School of Economics.
The publications of Graeme D. Eddie include: with Clive Archer, 'Sweden: the end of the Middle Way', World Today (London, Royal Institute of International Affairs, RIIA). Vol.47 (11). November 1991; 'Sweden: Krona crisis stalls New Start', World Today (London, RIIA). Vol. (1). January 1993; abstract of 'Sweden: Krona crisis stalls New Start' under No.43.2513 (Governmental and administrative institutions), in International Political Science Abstracts. (Paris, IPSA-AISP); 'Election 1994: Into Europe with the Social Democrats', World Today (London, RIIA). Vol.50 (11). November 1994; 'Yes or No?', World Today (London, RIIA). Vol.59 (8/9). August/September 2003; and, with Susan Stanforth, Bibiotheca Scandinavica which was a catalogue to an exhibition of Scandinavian printed items staged by EUL throughout November-December 1997.
He retired from employment with Edinburgh University Library and its Centre for Research Collections - work with archives, manuscripts and personal papers - in summer 2017.