William Kirk Dickson

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For the Scottish inventor, see William Kennedy Dickson.
The grave of William Kirk Dickson, Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh

William Kirk Dickson LLD (1860, Edinburgh – 1949) was a Scottish advocate, librarian and writer. He was Keeper of the Advocates' Library from 1906–25 and Librarian of the National Library of Scotland from 1925–31.[1]


He was the son of William Dickson of Mauricewood[2] and his wife Anne.

He studied Law at Edinburgh University and qualified as an advocate in 1887.

In the late 19th century he lived at 3 Darnaway Street on the exclusive Moray Estate in western Edinburgh.[3]

St Andrews University granted him an honorary doctorate (LLD) in 1912.

He died in Edinburgh on 14 July 1949 and is buried with his parents in the Grange Cemetery in the south of the city. The grave lies against the south wall. His wife Kathleen Murdoch lies with him, as does his son, Rear Admiral Robert Kirk Dickson.

His youngest son, Archibald William Dickson, was killed in the Battle of Jutland, when HMS Queen Mary was destroyed by SMS Derfflinger, aged only 16.[4]


  1. ^ "The First Reader's Ticket – Brief biographies". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.nls.uk/guides/biogs
  3. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1899-1900
  4. ^ http://digital.nls.uk/great-war/schools/downloads/archibald-w-dickson-case-study.pdf

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