Elected: 1998
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Mr Ian Robert Mackenzie Mowat FRSE
The tragic death of Ian Mowat in a hill-walking accident in Glencoe on 6th September 2002 at the age of fifty-six shocked the world of librarianship and was a grievous loss to the academic community in Scotland.

Ian Robert Mackenzie Mowat was born in Dingwall, Ross-shire, on 20th April 1946, and educated at Robert Gordon’s College Aberdeen. He read history at the University of Aberdeen (1964-1968), and history remained his passion throughout his life, but from the start of his career his chosen profession was that of librarianship. On graduation he took a post of graduate trainee for a year in Glasgow University Library, under Ogilvie MacKenna, before proceeding to the School of Librarianship at the University of Sheffield where he gained the M.A. in 1969. His first professional post was that of Assistant Librarian in the University of St Andrews under Dugald MacArthur, where he worked on the Special Collections (1970-1972). It was during this period that he began research for the B. Phil which he gained in 1972; this led to the publication of his book Easter Ross, 1750-1850: the double frontier by John Donald in 1981. He followed this with three years at Heriot Watt University as Assistant Librarian under Alex Anderson, working in the Social Sciences department which was then housed in Edinburgh city centre. In 1975 he was appointed Assistant Keeper at the National Library of Scotland where he was engaged in the compilation of the Bibliography of Scotland, and responsible for the publication of the volumes for 1976/77 and 1977/78. His research took him abroad across Europe through Belgium, France, Austria and Switzerland. In all these posts he drew on his training as a historian and a bibliographer and became a well-known and popular figure in the library community in Scotland.

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