Born on 21 October 1907 at Ardbeg Villa, Rothesay, Bute, the son of lawyer John McNab Lamont and Barbara Mathie, he was educated at Port Bannatyne School and Rothesay Academy (1918-25). Lamont studied at Glasgow University, graduating MA (1928), BSc (1932) and PhD (1935). He was active in the Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association and wrote extensively for the university magazine, under various pseudonyms. In the 1950s, he was active in the Scottish National Congress.
Lamont married Rose Bannatyne Mackinlay in 1936. He began his academic career as assistant lecturer (1936), then lecturer (1944), in geology at Birmingham University. He was then appointed Carnegie Research Fellow at Edinburgh University (1945-55).
He died on 16 March 1985.
- Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Laidlaw, Vikki (19 November 2004). "The papers of Archibald Lamont, 1907-1985, lecturer in geology and palaeontology, University of Glasgow, Scotland". University of Glasgow Archives Hub. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
- Archie Lamont, How Scots opposed the peace time call-up, p.23
- Royal Society of Edinburgh Year Book, 1986, 190-1.
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