THE Rector of Glasgow Provincial Training College is a son of the late William Williams, house factor, Aberdeen, and was born in that city 26th January, 1858. He was educated at Silver Street Academy and Gymnasium, and at King's College, Aberdeen, and graduated in 1880 with First-Class Honours in Mathematics and the Boxill Prize. During the next six years he was English master at the Girls' High School, Aberdeen; in 1887 he was appointed Classical and English Lecturer in the Aberdeen Church of Scotland Training College. Three years later, in 1890, he became Lecturer in English and Natural Science in Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, and along with this he held the appointments of Lecturer on English Literature in Glasgow Athenaeum from 1896 to 1899, and External Examiner in English at Glasgow University from 1895 to 1899. The last appointment he held again from 1902 till 1905. Meanwhile, in 1899 he was appointed Principal of Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, from which he was transferred to his present position in 1907.
Mr. Williams is also Vice-Convener of the Church of Scotland Committee on Sabbath Schools, and a governor of the General Education Endowments' Board, Glasgow. In May, 1903, he received the honour of presentation to the King at Holyrood. He has been the author of numerous articles on literary and scholastic subjects in the Cornhill Magazine, the Scottish Historical Review, the Educational Monthly of Canada, and other journals; while his original works include "The Scottish School of Rhetoric," "The Scottish Sabbath School Teachers' Guide," and "Our Early Female Novelists;" and he has edited for various publishers Milton's "Comus," Macaulay's "Clive," Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," Scott's "Ivanhoe," and "The Graphic English Dictionary." Mr. Williams is well known as an able lecturer and speaker on public occasions in Glasgow.
Mrs Williams is a daughter of Mr. John Hutcheon of Gask, an Honorary Sheriff-Substitute and Vice-Convener of Aberdeenshire.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)