William James Entwistle

Biography of William James Entwistle

William James Entwistle was the First Stevenson Professor of Spanish at the University of Glasgow from 1925 until 1932.

He was born at Cheng Yang Kuan (Zhengyangguan), Anhui, China, son of missionary William. Entwistle was taught by his father at the China Inland Mission's school at Chefoo (Yantai) until 1910, before returning to Aberdeen for his education.

In 1916 he graduated with a first class in Classics from the University of Aberdeen. During the First World War, Entwistle joined the Royal Field Artillery, later the Scottish Rifles, and was seriously wounded in 1917.

With a Carnegie grant, Entwistle went to Spain, and returned in 1921 to teach Spanish in Manchester. From 1925 until 1932 he was appointed the First Stevenson Professor of Spanish at the University of Glasgow, and during that time enrolled for a course in Arabic in session 1927-28, aged 31.

From 1932 until his sudden death, Entwistle held the King Alfonso XIII Chair of Hispanic Studies in Oxford, during which time he also established and became the director of Portuguese studies in 1933.

Entwistle was an honorary LLD of Aberdeen (1940) and Glasgow (1951) and LittD of Coimbra and Pennsylvania. In 1952 he was president of the Modern Humanities Research Association.


William James Entwistle
Born 17 December 1895.
Died 13 June 1952.
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degree: LLD, 1951;
Occupation categories: hispanists; linguists
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Record last updated: 10th Jul 2014

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