Roll of Honour


William Scott Branks Wilson


William Scott Branks Wilson was born 16 September 1879, in St Vincents Parish, Glasgow. His father, Andrew Wilson, was a Civil and Mining engineer, later Estate Factor, and an ex-Provost of Motherwell. His mother was Anne Wilson née Jack. He had a younger brother Andrew Victor who also attended Glasgow University. Wilson attended Hamilton Academy, South Lanarkshire. His home address was Burngrange, Motherwell.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

He took preliminary exams in English, French, Greek, Latin and Mathematics 1895-99. In 1899, aged 20, he enrolled in the University of Glasgow as an Arts student. He studied in the Arts faculty 1899-1903 signing up for Greek, Latin, Natural Philosophy, Mathematics and Political Economy. He won a prize in his first year in Humanity class and a first class certificate in Professor John S Phillimore’s Greek class. In his second he won a prize and first class certificate in Professor Andrew Gray’s Natural Philosophy Class. In his fourth year he was top of Professor William Smart’s Political Economy class and won the “Alexander Smart Memorial Prize” for the student who placed first in the essays. He won jointly with another student and received £5 worth of books. He graduated Master of Arts 21 April 1903.

The next academic year he enrolled as a Law student. He studied 1903-5 in the Law faculty. In the first year of his second degree he tookWilliam S McKechnie’s Constitutional Law and History class and received a class prize. In his second year he took Conveyancing with Professor James Moir’s and is noted as “Eminently Distinguished”. He also took and received a prize in Civil (or Roman) Law Class. He graduated Bachelor of Law (BL) 18 April 1905.

After his second graduation he lived first at home in Burngrange, Motherwell, then at various addresses in Motherwell including Bal-na-gask and Cathlaw. He worked as a Solicitor. In the session 1907-8 he took a single class at the University: Professor John Glaister’s Forensic Medicine class. He placed second in the class. In 1908 he married Agnes Cameron Findlay. They lived at “The Grange” Lanark.

In 1911, aged 31, he returned to study at the University in the Law Faculty. He studied Public Institutional Law and placed second in the class. He won a prize in Jurisprudence. He graduated Bachelor of Laws (LLB) 21 April 1913. After he graduated LLB he continued to work as a Solicitor in Motherwell.

At the outbreak of World War 1 he joined the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was a Captain in the 6th Battalion. He received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. He served on the Western Front. He was died in service in France 19 September 1918 aged 39.

He is buried at Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas de Calais, France with the inscription “with Christ”. He is also commemorated on the Hamilton Academy Roll of Honour.

Comments and Citations

University Archive Records:

General Council Registers 1903-18 [DC183/11/31-43]

Graduate Schedule MA 1903 [R4/1/2]

Graduate Schedule BL [R4/2/2]

Graduate Schedule LLB [R4/2/3]

Matriculation record 1899-1913 [R8/5/