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Maclagan, Michael 1914-2003

MACLAGAN, Michael 1914-2003


See index for CA sketch: Born April 14, 1914, in London, England; died August 13, 2003, in Oxford, England. Educator and author. Maclagan was a highly esteemed Oxford don who taught history at Trinity College, Dublin for more than four decades. Educated at Christ Church, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1935 and his master's degree in 1939, joining the faculty at Trinity as a fellow. The beginnings of his academic career were soon interrupted by the onset of World War II, however. During the war, he served in Britain's 16th/5th Lancers, mostly in military operations in Cairo, achieving the rank of major. Returning to England in 1946, he resumed his position at Trinity. He served in various posts there, including as senior proctor from 1954 to 1955 and senior librarian from 1960 to 1970. He retired as fellow emeritus in 1981 and accepted a post with the College of Arms, where he had been named Richmond Herald in 1980 and was able to indulge his interest in heraldry. An erudite historian who was fluent in Latin and Greek, Maclagan was the editor of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England (1949) and Richard Aungerville's Philobiblon (1960). Furthermore, he was the author of several books, including Trinity College 1555-1955 (1955), "Clemency" Canning (1962), which was awarded the Wheatley Medal, The City of Constantinople (1968), and Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe (1981).



Independent (London, England), September 2, 2003, p. 16.

Times (London, England), August 21, 2003.

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