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Thomson, Hector, 1917-2008 (senior lecturer of ancient and modern Greek, University of Aberdeen)


Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence between Sir James Duff and Hector regarding Duff's editing and the publication of The Education of an Englishman, 1964-1968

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/27/2
Scope and Contents

The correspondence regards matters such as Thomson's interest in Greek and ancient history; the ease with which he made friends with strangers, with some anecdotes from Hector; his patriotism; his reasons for leaving the autobiography unfinished and the origination of the manuscript; and the failing health of Lady Thomson.

Dates: 1964-1968

Correspondence regarding Hector Thomson's work in the diplomatic service, c1930s-1940s

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/2
Scope and Contents Largely contains correspondence between Hector and his parents throughout the war, with Hector confirming his safety and telling them of his travels in Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Cyprus; and Thomson and Lady Thomson keeping him informed of life at home. Also includes photographs of Cypriot scenery; a telegram from James Duff congratulating Hector on winning the Gaisford prize, 1937; driving licence of Thomson; and a Christmas card to Thomson and Lady Thomson from Andromache,...
Dates: c1930s-1940s

Hector Thomson's correspondence titled Father, 1955-1978

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/27
Scope and Contents


  1. Letters of condolence to Hector, 1955;
  2. Correspondence between James Duff and Hector Thomson regarding Duff's editing of Thomson's autobiography, 1968;
  3. Letter from Marian Cooke to Hector Thomson;
  4. Letter to Hector Thomson from G C Rintoul, 1978.
Dates: 1955-1978

Letter to Hector Thomson from Thomson regarding his University fees, 13 Dec 1943

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/7
Scope and Contents

Thomson discusses a photograph of Mr Gordon he had enclosed, which has not survived, and passes on the good wishes of Edward L Thorndike. The letter also makes reference to Hector's departure, most likely to Jerusalem, and enquires of his wife, Andromache.

Dates: 13 Dec 1943

Letters and papers compiled by Hector Thomson and titled Tributes on [my Father's] Knighthood regarding Thomson's retirement from Edinburgh University and his knighthood, 1949-1951

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/19
Scope and Contents

Contains letter from the University Secretary with Special Minutes attached; Thomson's handwritten speech on the presentation of his portrait, 1951; Lady Thomson's notes on his speech to the students in 1950; small letter from J Donald Pollock regarding Thomson's speech to the students and graduates with the printed speech attached, 1950; letter from Alexander Snay congratulating Thomson on his Knighthood; and letter from T B Robson congratulating Thomson on his knighthood.

Dates: 1949-1951

Papers of Godfrey H. Thomson

Identifier: Coll-1310
Scope and Contents Biographical and personal papers, c mid 19th century-1972; Publications authored and co-authored by Thomson, 1904-1954; Unpublished materials by Thomson, 1897-1954; Publications collected by Thomson regarding education, intelligence, psychology, and statistics, 1879-1971 Unpublished material collected by Thomson and authored by others, c mid 20th...
Dates: c1890s-1978

Papers regarding Hector's development, 1917-1927

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/7
Scope and Contents Notes by Thomson regarding Hector's progress from 2 weeks to one year, 1917; List of words that Hector does or doesn't know at age 3 years and 1 month, 1920; Letter from Hector's headmaster acknowledging Thomson's cheque and regarding how Hector is settling in, 1924; 2 Otis tests completed by Hector, 1927; 1 Stanford achievement test completed by...
Dates: 1917-1927

Thomson family legal papers, 1955-1972

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/6
Scope and Contents The legal documents are photocopies which post-date the original dates given below: The will and codicil of Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson, 1955; Codicil by Lady Jane Hutchinson or Thomson, 1961; Inland Revenue estate duty form, 1972; Will by Jane Hutchinson or Thomson, 1959; Letter from Lady Thomson to her solicitor, Hugh Boyd, regarding...
Dates: 1955-1972

Underwood portable standard typewriter, c mid 20th century

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/9/6
Scope and Contents

Case labelled Hector Thomson, 51 1/2 College Bounds, Aberdeen.

Dates: c mid 20th century

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