William Ross Hardie (1862-1916)

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William Ross Hardie was born in Edinburgh in 1862. He was educated at Circus Place School in the city, and then studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded the degree of MA in 1880. He then went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was awarded a BA. Hardie was Fellow and Tutor at Balliol, 1884-1895, and also Junior Proctor, 1893-1894. He became Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh in 1895.

Professor William Ross Hardie died of pneumonia on 3 May 1916 after contracting a severe attack of influenza in January the same year.


Hardie's publications include Lectures on classical subjects (1903), Latin prose composition (1908), Silvulae academicae (1911), and Res metrica (1920).


  • Father of classicist William Francis Ross Hardie (1902–1990), President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 1950 to 1969.
  • Father of classicist Colin Graham Hardie (1906–1998).