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W. Keith Leask (16 April 1857 – 2 May 1925) was a writer and a classics lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He wrote several biographies and works in classics.

Biography

Leask was born in the parish of Old MacharOld Machar in Old Aberdeen on 16 April 1857. He was the son of James Leask who attended King's College, Aberdeen 1844-6 and was an advocate in Aberdeen.P. J. Blair, 'William Keith Leask' Obituary, The Aberdeen University Review, Volume XII, 1924-5. Aberdeen University Press, 1925, p. 231 His mother was Mary Ann Allan. Leask attended Aberdeen Grammar School and graduated M.A. at the University of Aberdeen in 1877. He then studied at the University of Oxford and graduated first class Class. Mods. at Oxford in 1879 and second class Litt. Hum. in 1881.Information in the Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen, 1860–1900. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1906 , p. 282 He was employed by the University of Aberdeen as assistant to W D Geddes, Professor of Greek from 1882 to 1887.Information from the University Calendar of Aberdeen University, supplied by Special Libraries and Archives, Library and Historic Collections, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen AB34 3SW. He returned to Oxford from 1889 to 1894 but was not offered a permanent post.Obituary in The Aberdeen University Review, p. 236 Blair, in his Obituary of Leask, suggests that he should have gone to London and devoted himself to journalism.Obituary But Leask returned to Aberdeen and earned his living by writing books and articles for newspapers such as the Glasgow Herald. He died of heart disease at his lodgings at 82 Union Grove, Aberdeen on 2 May 1925. Leask was not married.Birth and death information sourced from records held by the General Register Office for Scotland and accessed through the Scotlandspeople internet site

Published works

  • Hugh Miller. Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, April 1896, ("Famous Scots Series")
  • James Boswell. Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, December 1896, ("Famous Scots Series")
  • Dr Thomas M'Lauchlan, with Introduction by Principal Rainy. Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, 1905
  • Musa Latina Aberdonensis: Poetae Minores. Volume Three, edited by W.K. Leask. Aberdeen: Printed for the New Spalding Club, 1910
  • Interamna Borealis: Being Memories and Portraits from an old University Town between the Don and the Dee. Aberdeen: Rosemount Press, 1917
  • Presentation of Portrait of Mr. W. K. Leask to Aberdeen Grammar School, 21 October 1922. Aberdeen: Rosemount Press, 1923.This list of books is compiled by reference to the British Library online catalogue and other online library catalogues.
  • 'The Record Class', The Aberdeen University Review, March 1924, Vol. XI, No. 32, pp. 97–113

Sources

  • www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  • Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen, 1860–1900. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1906
  • University Calendar of Aberdeen University, available at Special Libraries and Archives, Library and Historic Collections, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen AB34 3SW
  • P. J. Blair, 'William Keith Leask' Obituary, The Aberdeen University Review, Volume XII, 1924–25. Aberdeen University Press, 1925, pp. 231–8, available at Special Libraries and Archives, Library and Historic Collections, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen AB34 3SW
  • www.bl.uk

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Category:1857 births
Category:1925 deaths
Category:Academics of the University of Aberdeen
Category:People from Aberdeen
Category:Scottish biographers
Category:Scottish non-fiction writers
Category:Alumni of the University of Aberdeen
Category:Alumni of the University of Oxford
 
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