Angus Matheson

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Angus Matheson
Born(1912-07-01)1 July 1912
Died2 November 1962(1962-11-02) (aged 50)
EducationInverness Royal Academy
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Known forProfessor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow
Spouse(s)Sylvia Schofield (m. 1941-50)
Parent(s)Mary Murray
Malcolm Matheson
RelativesWilliam Matheson (brother)

Angus Matheson (1 July 1912–2 November 1962) was the inaugural Professor of Celtic Languages and Literature at the University of Glasgow, a post he held from 1956 until his death in 1962.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Angus Matheson was born 1 July 1912 in Harris in the Outer Hebrides to Mary Murray from Lewis and Malcolm Matheson, a minister in the United Free Church.[1][2] He grew up in Sollas, North Uist.[3][4] His elder brother was the Gaelic scholar William Matheson, an ordained minister and Reader in Celtic at the University of Edinburgh.[3]

He was educated at Inverness Royal Academy, followed by the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with an MA with first class honours in Celtic in 1934.[1] He undertook further studies as a McCaig Scholar at University College Dublin, and at the University of Bonn.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 December 1941, he married Sylvia Schofield, the writer and traveller, at Kingston and Surbiton Presbyterian Church.[5] They divorced in 1950.[5] He died on 2 November 1962.


  1. ^ a b c d "Angus Matheson". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Matheson, Professor Angus, (1 July 1912–2 Nov. 1962), Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures, University of Glasgow, since 1956", Who Was Who, Oxford University Press, 2007-12-01, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u52599, retrieved 2019-05-16
  3. ^ a b "William Matheson". The Herald. 2 December 1995. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Tobar an Dualchais - Biography - Rev. William Matheson". Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b Pimlott Baker, Anne. "Schofield [née Smith; other married name Matheson], Sylvia Anne Terry". ODNB. Retrieved 30 November 2017.