Peterson, William

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Peterson, William Gender: M
born on 29 May 1856 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 05°21 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 22°43'

William Peterson


Scottish classical scholar and the Principal of McGill University (Montreal) from 1895 to 1919.

In 1882, he became the first Principal of the recently established University College, Dundee, a position he would hold until 1895. Peterson, despite being aged only 26, won this position ahead of three other candidates including John Edward Aloysious Stegall, who would go on to serve as Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at University College, Dundee. Stegall seems to have resented this for he failed to mention Peterson in the lengthy account of the College's early years which he produced fifty years later.

Peterson, while enjoying academic argument, disliked the politics of academia, particularly the issues arrising from the complex relationship between University College and the University of St Andrews. In 1895 he took up the position of Principal at McGill. Despite being in Canada for almost 25 years he considered himself an exile and always returned to the UK for his summer vacation.

He retired in 1919 after suffering a stroke, and returned to the UK.

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  • Work : New Career 1882 in Dundee (Principal of University College Dundee)
  • Social : Begin Travel 1895 in Montréal (Emigrated to Canada. Principal of McGill University)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1919 in Montréal (Stroke)
  • Work : Retired 1919

Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Principal of University College Dundee and McGill University)
  • Vocation : Education : Other Education (Classical Scholar)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted