Andrew John Herbertson

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Andrew John Herbertson

Andrew John Herbertson FRSE FRGS FRMS (11 October 1865 – 15 July 1915) was a Scottish geographer.


He was born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire[1] to parents Andrew Hunter Herbertson and Janet Matthewson.[2] He went to school locally at Galashiels Academy and in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Institution.[2] From 1886 to 1889 he studied in the University of Edinburgh, but he never gained a degree. He then gained a place at Oxford University where he graduated MA.[3]

In 1892, he was appointed to assist Patrick Geddes with the teaching of botany at University College, Dundee. in 1892 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He then moved in 1892 to Fort William, Scotland to work on a metereological observatory on Ben Nevis. In 1894 he moved to Manchester to become a lecturer in political and commercial geography in the University of Manchester.

From 1896 to 1899, he lectured in industrial and commercial geography at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh.[4] In 1896 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Peter Guthrie Tait, Sir John Murray, Ralph Copeland and Alexander Buchan.[3]

In 1898, he received a doctorate (PhD) from University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau. In 1899 he moved to the University of Oxford to become a reader of geography; then became the first Oxford Professor of Geography in 1905. He would become head of the geography department at Oxford in 1910. In 1908 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

He died of a heart attack in Radnage, Buckinghamshire. He is buried with his wife Frances Dorothy (who died two weeks later) in Holywell Cemetery nearby.[4]

Their son, Lt. Andrew Hunter Herbertson, was killed at Arras in the First World War in May 1917.[5]


  1. ^ "Chrono-Biographical Sketch: Andrew J. Herbertson". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth Baigent (2004). "Herbertson, Andrew John (1865-1915), geographer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40187. ISBN 9780198614128. Retrieved 29 July 2015. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0-902-198-84-X.
  4. ^ a b "Remembering Andrew John Herbertson (1865-1915) | News | School of Geography and the Environment | University of Oxford". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  5. ^ [,-andrew-hunter/ Lieutenant Herbertson, Andrew Hunter]