Our President in 1957/58 was:

Arthur Melville Clark

He proposed the Toast to Sir Walter at our 50th Annual Dinner on Friday 7th March 1958 in The North British Hotel, Edinburgh

Read the text of his address here

Arthur Melville Clark FRSE (1895–1990) was a Scottish educationalist and author of several academic books about English literature and poetry.

He was born in Edinburgh on 20 August 1895 the son of Margaret Moyes (née McLachlan) and James Clark. He was schooled at Daniel Stewart’s College. He studied at both the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. On graduation in 1920 he began lecturing in English language and literature at the University of Reading. From 1928 to 1946 he was a Reader in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1928, his proposers including Francis Albert Eley Crew. In 1947 the University of Edinburgh awarded him an honorary doctorate (DLitt).

Clark was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in the Second World War. He was also made a Knight of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. These awards related to his work on international relations during the war.

He died in Edinburgh on 21 March 1990.

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