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Giles, Alexander Falconer, 1881-1963 (Lecturer in Classical History, University of Edinburgh)



  • Existence: 1881 - 1963


Alexander Falconer Giles was born on the 20th of October 1881 in St Giles, Edinburgh, to Alexander Giles and Cecilia Dudgeon. He graduated with an MA from the University of Edinburgh in 1904, and studied at Balliol College sometime before 1914. Giles taught Classical History at the University of Edinburgh from 1915 to the late 1940s, and became Deputy Secretary of the University in 1922.

He married Jean Clarke McGeorge in 1914 in Dumfries. He died in 1963 in Newington, Edinburgh.

Sources: Ewing, Annals of the Free Church of Scotland on [], accessed on 09/03/2018; Matriculation records of the University of Edinburgh, and The Balliol College Register 1832-1914, ed. by Edward Hilliard (Oxford: Horace Hart at the University Press, 1914).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Lady Thomson from Falconer and Jean Giles, 11 Feb 1955

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/26/13
Scope and Contents

In the letter, the couple recall their memories of Thomson and Lady Thomson, referring to stays at Glennapp, and how happy Thomson and Lady Thomson were together. They also recall how kind and interesting Thomson was.

Includes a short annotation by Lady Thomson stating the sender to be Sandy Giles Mother.

Dates: 11 Feb 1955

Papers of Alexander Falconer Giles, Lecturer in Classical History at the University of Edinburgh

Identifier: Coll-1828
Content Description

This collection consists of approx. 50 notebooks and bound volumes of notes taken by Giles as a student at Balliol College, and as a lecturer in Classical History at the University of Edinburgh. Also includes a typescript entitled 'On Land, Sea and Ice. An Autobiography' by J. Burn Wood, 1947.

It also includes one photograph album and eight individual photographs acquired later, all related to Alexander F. Giles and his family.

Dates: 1898-1949

Portrait photograph of Alexander Falconer Giles, 1936

Identifier: EUA CA1/1/47
Scope and Contents

Portrait photograph of Alexander Falconer Giles, 1936.

Dates: 1936

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