Joseph Macklin England Ghana Scotland

Biography of Joseph Macklin

Jospeh Macklin
Jospeh Macklin

Joseph Macklin was born in Glasgow on 8th May 1900 to William, an engineer, and Margaret (née Jardine).

Joseph stayed in Glasgow for his studies in Engineering which started in 1919. He took Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and Maths in his first year. For the following three years he studied subjects such as Electrical Engineering and Mechanics at the Royal Technical College, as was common for more technical subjects. In April 1924 he graduated with a BSc in Engineering.

Initially Joseph went on to be a teacher of Science at Calder Street Continuation School in Blantyre. The headteacher described his work as always being "of a very high quality".

In 1927 Joseph went to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) with the Colonial Service to work as a Telegraph Engineer, here he married Elsie Barchi, who he had met in London. They returned to the United Kingdom in 1949, living in London and then Surrey. Upon his retirement he continued to enjoy football, golf and whiskey.


Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/55 - General Council Register
  • R3/1/4 - Register of dates of birth of graduates
  • R4/5/9 - Graduate Schedule
  • R8/5/40/5 - Matriculation Slip
  • R8/5/41/6 - Matriculation Slip
  • R8/5/42/6 - Matriculation Slip
  • R8/5/43/6 - Matriculation Slip


  • Info from daughter


Joseph Macklin
Born 8 May 1900.
Died 11 March 1993.
GU Degree: BSc, 1924; Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus
Occupation categories: school teachers; Telegraph Engineer
Record last updated: 21st Feb 2014

Country Associations

England England, No Region

Ghana Ghana, No Region

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus