William Cooper Thomson Sierra Leone Scotland Nigeria

Biography of William Cooper Thomson

William Cooper Thomson enrolled at the University in 1855 to study an Arts course. He was born in Sierra Leone, son of his namesake, missionary William Cooper Thomson.

Thomson became Licentiate of the United Presbyterian Church in 1858, and that year undertook missionary work at Old Calabar, modern day Akwa Akpa, Nigeria.

He resigned as a missionary to pursue medical studies, gaining a Licentiate of Royal College of Physicians (LRCP) of Edinburgh and Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (LFPSG) in 1868. He went on to graduate MD from St Andrews in 1874.

Thomson was a medical practitioner at Liverpool, and later Partick, in Glasgow. He died at The Firs, Partickhill on 22 March 1878, aged 48.


Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858, p.516


William Cooper Thomson
Born 1830.
Died 22 March 1878.
GU Degree: Arts, 1855;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: missionaries; physicians
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1855
Record last updated: 3rd Dec 2013

Country Associations

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone, No Region
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Death

Nigeria Nigeria, Calabar, Akwa Akpa

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student