It was with great sorrow and a deep sense of loss that the society learned of the death, in September, of Dr Alex Morrison, a past president of the Glasgow Archaeological Society.
Alex held the position of president from 1997 to 2000 and it was during his presidency that he was instrumental in the introduction of the President's Award. This award is presented by the outgoing president at the end of their term of office and is given to a member of the society who has made an outstanding contribution to archaeology in Scotland. This award in itself speaks of the nature of Alex Morrison who, throughout his career, was committed to encouraging others to become involved in and develop archaeology both as a hugely interesting hobby as well as an academic study.
In 1961 after having worked for a time for the Cooperative Wholesale Society, Alex entered academia as a mature student, studying Geography and Archaeology. He was one of the first four students in Glasgow University's newly formed Department of Archaeology under the tutelage of Dr Horace Fairhurst. Soon after graduating Alex became a lecturer in that self-same department. He was best known for his work on the earliest inhabitants of Scotland and his book Early Man in Britain and Ireland became a standard textbook on the subject. He pioneered the study of the recently extinct, ancient highland crofting culture which had, until then, been dismissed by many academics as 'folk studies'. His ground-breaking work is now being carried on by several archaeologists. He was also involved, from its inception in 1976, with the Certificate of Field Archaeology course which trained adults to be active participants in the profession.
As a member of the Society for many years, Alex gave of his time and talents in promoting the work of the society and assisting in its operation. He was, for ten years, co-editor, alongside Dr Euan MacKie, of the Glasgow Archaeological Journal. Alex, when his health allowed, was a regular attender at lecture meetings and is greatly missed by his friends
within the society.
He is survived by his wife Sigrid and sons Christopher and Michael to whom we extend our deepest condolences.
James Walker, President.