Thomas Oliver

Thomas ‘Tom’ Oliver was born in 1871 and died in 1946.  He was born in Hawick, was educated at Hawick High School and went on to work as a shepherd with his father. He later entered William Watson’s where he learned about manufacturing and design. Thomas became a teacher of power-loom weaving in Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk then later received a D.Sc.(Doctor of Science) from Edinburgh. He became the Principal and Professor of Textile Technology in the Scottish Woollen Technical College in Galashiels.  Just before the war he toured Australia and New Zealand.  He had a strong Christian faith and was the publisher and editor of  ‘Scripture Quarterly’ during WWII. Oliver published a number of works, both on his technical specialism of wool, as well as on Christian topics. His published work was highly respected.

By Charles Wilson