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Biography of Symington Macdonald

Symington Macdonald Matriculation Slip 1912-13
Symington Macdonald Matriculation Slip 1912-13

Symington Macdonald graduated BSc from the University in 1914. He was born on 7 September 1884 in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, son of a mining engineer by the same name, who worked in the booming coal industry of the late nineteenth-century as general manager of the Kanawha Colliery Company.

Symington enrolled at the University in 1910 to study Engineering. He was awarded several prizes for his academic performance during his studies, this included a prize for Mining under Professor Charles Latham, as well as a first prize for Professor Archibald Barr's Engineering class and for Engineering Laboratory.

Symington graduated BSc in Engineering on 20 April 1914, and followed in his father's footsteps, working as a mining engineer in Scotland. He died on 8 December 1966.

Symington married graduate Agnes Borthwick, who became a works manager at a munitions factory, in April 1920.

You can see his record on the WW1 Roll of Honour here.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • Rice, O.K. and Brown, S.W., West Virginia: A History (USA: University of Kentucky Press, 1993) chapter 17

Archival Materials

  • R3/1/1 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III., 1881-1915
  • R4/5/5 University of Glasgow, Schedules of Graduates in Science (B. Sc.) 1914 to 1917
  • R7/3/4 Glasgow University Class Prize Index, 1903-1908
  • R7/3/5 Glasgow University Class Prize Index, 1909-1913
  • R8/1/13 Glasgow University Album 1908-13


Symington Macdonald
Born 7 September 1884.
Died 8 December 1966.
GU Degree: BSc, 1914; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: engineers, mining
English snippet: Engineering graduate of the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 16th Jun 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, No Region
Place of Death

United States United States, West Virginia, Mount Carbon

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