Hugh Walker

Hugh Walker

Hugh Walker (1855–1939) was a British university educator.

He was born in Kilbirnie, Scotland, on January 7, 1855. Educated at Glasgow High School, he went on to study at the city's university, where he was awarded their medal in logic and moral philosophy, and achieved his MA. Walker then went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford, as Snell Exhibitioner, graduating with first class honours in Literary Humanities in 1883. He would go on to receive and Honorary LLD from Glasgow and an Honorary DLitt from the University of Wales.

In 1884, Walker was appointed Lecturer in English and Philosophy at St David's College, Lampeter (now the University of Wales, Lampeter). In 1890, he was made Professor in these same subjects. Whilst at Lampeter, he regularly contributed to the college magazine. He loved the town and college dearly. He was mayor from 1900 to 1902, and the Vice-Principal's house on campus became affectionately known as 'Walker's House'.

Walker also published widely. His works include Three Centuries of Scottish Literature, 1893; The Literature of the Victorian Era, 1910, and The English Satire and Satirists, 1925, along with frequent contributions to journals such as the Yale Review, Hibbert Journal and Chambers' Journal. He died in 1939.


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