Allan Glen's School Club

Former Pupils


Any list of distinguished Old Boys of Allan Glen’s School is bound to be controversial but the following names indicate the wide variety of professions in which boys from the school were successful. They include such names as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Dirk Bogarde and Lord Todd of Trumpington.

Professor. James A.J.Bennett BSc. MA. PhD. DL (Glasgow)
Pioneer of the theory of helicopter flight, head of department of Aeronautics, Cranfield, visiting professor U.S. Navy Post Graduate Academy.
Sir Dirk Bogarde DLitt (St. Andrews) (Derek Van Den Bogaerde)
Film actor, films include The Blue Lamp, Doctor at Sea, Doctor in the House, Doctor at Large, The Night Porter.
Captain Bryan O. H. Brown
Commodore, Canadian Pacific Railway Steamship Co.
Sir John Buchanan CBE. FRS. FRAeS. MIMechE
Former president Royal Aeronautical Society, superintendent technical development at Farnborough, director general of aircraft production under Lord Beaverbrook, WW2 technical director Messrs. Short Bros.
Edward V Buchanan
General manager, the London (Ontario) Public Utilities Commission, The E V Buchanan Power Station is named after him.
Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson KCB. FRSE. FREng. LLD .DSc(Eng).DSc BSc FRAeS Hon FlEE HonFIMechE HonFAPM
Controller of the Navy( 1st Engineer in the post), President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, President of the Institution of Project Managers.
Don Cameron BSc. MA. MIE. DEng
Chairman and managing director Cameron Balloons. A balloon, The Breitling Orbiter 3, made by his firm, completed the first non-stop round the world flight by balloon.
Sir Kenneth C. Calman KCB. MD. PhD. FRCP. FRCS. FRSE
Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, former chief medical officer of both Scotland and England, Convenor of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution.
Rev Tom Colvin BSc. BD
Missionary in Nyasaland, expelled for criticising the regime
Dr. J. Arnold Cranston PhD. FRLC. DL (Glasgow)
One of Scotland’s most eminent research scientists, discoverer of element 91 protactinium, research scientist Royal Technical College, Glasgow.
Sir Andrew Davidson MB. ChB. DL (Glasgow)
Chief Medical Officer later chairman, Dept. of Health for Scotland.
Played football for St. Mirren and Celtic.
Elphinstone Dalglish
Deputy Chief Constable, City of Glasgow Police, and later Stratchlyde Police
George C Dick CEng MIEE
Head of Internal Planning & Works, BT Glasgow
Professor William Jolly Duncan CBE. PhD. DSc. FRS
Pioneer of research into problems of aero-elasticity and ‘air flutter’
Dr. Sir H. Montague (Monty) Finniston DSc. PhD. FRS. FInstP DUniv.Strathclyde).
Chancellor University of Stirling, chairman British Steel Corporation. chief metallurgist I.E.R.E. Harwell, Chaired Govt enquiry into Engineering, in the UK
Sir James Fletcher
Host to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at his Alton Lodge Estate, near Auckland.
The Rev. Professor. John M. Graham MA
Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen
Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
Robin Hall
Folk singer and broadcaster
Sir James B. Henderson BSc. DSc. MIE. AINA. LLD (Glasgow)
Professor to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Advisor to Admiralty on gyroscopic equipment awarded Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan.
Sir James C. Irvine CBE. JP. DL. BSc. PhD (Leipzig). DSc. FRS. FRSE
Principal, St Andrew’s University, freeman of the city of St. Andrews, Davy Medallist of the Royal Society, Willard Gibbs Medallist of the American Chemical Society, Elliot Cressan Medallist of the Franklin Institute, Longstaff Medallist Chemical Society of London, Gunning Victoria Prixe Royal Society of Edinburgh. Awarded Honorary degrees from the following Universities - LLD Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Toronto, Columbia, New York; DSc Liverpool, Princeton; Hon ScD Cambridge, Penn, Yale; Hon DCL Oxford, Durham.
James A. Jameson CBE. Hon MIMechE
Director, Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. Made an Officer of the Legion of Honour at the opening of the Iraq pipeline. Elected honorary member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for his distinction in the practice, organisation and administration of engineering.
S.V.T. Jeffrey
Member of first Scottish schoolboy international, soccer team, pioneer railway man with Canadian Pacific Railway for 41 years, the 8,500ft high Mount Jeffrey is named after him.
Ronald Lander OBE BSc
Chairman and managing director, Scotlander plc, Director SCOTVEC.
Sir Alan R. Langlands BSc. DUniv(Glasgow) FRCP. FRCS. CIMgt. FRC SE. FIA. FCGI. FRCGP. FRSE
Principal and vice chancellor, University of Dundee, former chief executive, NHS.
Sir Andrew McCance DL. DSc. LLD(Strathclyde). FRS Chairman of Colvilles Ltd.
One of the most distinguished businessmen metallurgists of the 20th Century, last chairman of the governors of the Royal College of Science and Technology (McCance Building named in his memory.)
Lord MacDonald of Tradeston. CBE.
Member of the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of Transport, chairman, STV/SMG.
The Rt. Hon. Lord McGowan KBE. LLD. DCL
Chairman ICI Ltd.
Lewis R. McGregor CBE. JR LLB. FAA
HM ambassador to Brazil, Received Freedom of New York
Dr. David McKail MD. DPH. FRFPS
Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh FRIBA
World famous architect, designer of the Glasgow Herald Building, the
Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill and Hillhouse.
Jack Maclean
Golf professional, Gleneagles and Turnberry, Walker Cup player.
Sir William H. McLean KBE. JR ARTC. PhD
Civil Engineer, Sudan Civil Service, engineer in chief to Egyptian Govt., worked under Lord Kitchener in planning city of Khartoum, responsible for the planning of the city of Alexandria and for important work in the Old City of Jerusalem; Unionist MP for Tradeston 1931-5
Sir James M. McNeill MC. KCVO. CBE. MINA. JR LLD
Managing Director, John Brown and Co., Designer of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
Dr. Kenneth D. McTaggart BA. PhD
Proprietor, Alba Consultancy, senior economist HIDB.
J. Duncan Macrae
Scottish actor, one of the founders of the Citizens’ Theatre, appeared in the films ‘Whisky Galore’, ‘The Brothers’, ‘Our Man in Havana’ also remembered for his recitation ‘The Wee Cock Sparra’.
Harry Mathieson
King Cup Tennis Player
Dr. John Marshall MC. MB. ChB. FRSM
Former honorary surgeon oculist to King George VI and to the Queen in Scotland, surgeon at Glasgow Eye Infirmary. President of the Faculty of Ophthalmologists.
Dr. David E Martyn BSc. PhD. FAA
President, Australian Academy of Science, Chairman of the Australian National Committee for Space Research and of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space.
J. Maxwell CBE.
General Manager, Thomas Cook & Sons. Knight of the Legion of Honour.
Brigadier-General Melville
Chairman of the Pensions Committee and Hon. ADC to the Governor- General Viscount Alexander.
Raymond C. Miguel CBE.
Chairman and managing director Arthur Bell and Sons Ltd. and of Lees of Scotland Ltd.
TV and radio personality.
Dr. Gordon Rintoul BSc. PhD
Director, the National Museums of Scotland.
William S. Robertson CBE. BSc
Chief executive officer Scottish Council Development and Industry.
George P Robertson FIBS
General manager and director Royal Bank of Scotland. His name appeared on the bank notes. His brother Alex, also an Old Boy, was Assistant general manager of the bank.
George Savage BL
The City Assessor, Glasgow
Company Sergeant Major John Skinner VC. DCM
DCM awarded in Boer War, VC awarded at Wijendrift, Belgium, Aug 1917 when, single-handed. he captured a blockhouse and with six others took another two blockhouses and sixty prisoners; killed in action at Vlamertinghe, Belgium, March 1918.
Lord Smith of Kelvin CA. Dr.h.c. (Edinburgh). CA. FSA
Chanchellor of Strathclyde University. Vice-chairman, Deutsch Asset Management, chairman National Museums of Scotland. Governor BBC, formerly chairman of the Weir Group .
Harvey L. Smith
Ex-Captain QE2; Cunard vice-president, marine consultant to the Admiralty Courts.
Sir Frederick C. Stewart
Chairman Thermotank Ltd. President Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders.
Dr. J. Martin Strang
Chairman and managing director, Barr and Stroud, Glasgow.
George WT. Thomson
Chairman TUC. General Council, 1947
Robert S. Thomson.
Winner of Guthrie Award for his painting The White Shaw at the RSA. Academy Exhibition
Lord Todd of Trumpington OM. BSc. DSc. PhD. LLD. FRS
Nobel Laureate, (Chemistry); Chair of Organic Chemistry University of Cambridge, Chancellor University of Strathclyde, Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge; work included. synthesis of vitamins B 1 and E, and also of the nucleosides adenosine, guanisime, cytadine and thymadine and with Brown the linkages of the nucleotides which constitute the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, this discovery led to the double helix theory of Crick and Watson
Director, Pilkington Brothers, architect of improvements to the PPG process of glassmaking. His predecessor, Mr Meikle and his successor Mr. McOnie were both Old Boys.
Sir John Weir GCVO
Physician to Queen Mary and King George VI, physician to the Queen, 1952-68, Britain’s leading expert on homeopathy, first President of the Faculty of Homeopathy
R.H. Weir BSc
Director of the National Engineering Laboratory, East Kilbride, former director of the National Gas Turbine Establishment..
Emeritus Professor Henry H. Wilson B.Sc. PhD. F.Inst.P. FRSE
Nuclear physicist, senior principal scientific officer AWRE, Aldermaston, director of the Scottish Universities’ Research and Reactor Centre, professor of Physics Strathclyde University.
George Wyllie
Artist, works include The Straw Locomotive and the Paper Boat.