William Forbes Skene


William Forbes Skene

William Forbes Skene (7 June 1809 – 29 August 1892), Scottish historian and antiquary, was the second son of Sir Walter Scott's friend, James Skene (1775–1864), of Rubislaw, near Aberdeen.

He was educated at Edinburgh Academy in Edinburgh and at the University of St Andrews, taking an especial interest in the study of Celtic philology and literature. In 1832, he became a writer to the signet (WS), and shortly afterwards obtained an official appointment in the bill department of the Court of Session, which he held until 1865. His early interest in the history and antiquities of the Scottish Highlands bore its first fruit in 1837, when he published "The Highlanders of Scotland, their Origin, History and Antiquities".

In 1847, during the Highland Potato Famine, he was appointed Secretary to the Central Board for Highland Relief. In this position he worked closely with Sir Charles Trevelyan, Assistant Secretary to the Treasury.

His chief work, however, is his "Celtic Scotland, a History of Ancient Alban" (5 vols., Edinburgh, 1876-1880), perhaps the most important contribution to Scottish history written during the 19th century. In 1879 he was made a Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) of the University of Oxford, and in 1881 Historiographer Royal for Scotland. He died in Edinburgh on August 29, 1892.

The most important of Skene's other works are: editions of John of Fordun's "Chronica genus Scotorum" (Edinburgh, 1871–1872); of the "Four Ancient Books of Wales" (Edinburgh, 1868); of the "Chronicles of the Picts and Scots" (Edinburgh, 1867); and of Adomnán's "Vita S. Columbae" (Edinburgh, 1874); an "Essay on the Coronation Stone of Scone" (Edinburgh, 1869); and "Memorials of the Family of Skene of Skene" (Aberdeen, 1887).

References

*"Skene, William Forbes." "British Authors of the Nineteenth Century" H. W. Wilson Company, New York, 1936.
*1911

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date=1891
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title=The Lord's Supper and The Passover Ritual; Being a Translation of the Substance of Professor Bickell's Work Termed "Messe Und Pasha."
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*Citation
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title=East Neuk Chronicles
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