Richard MacGillivray Dawkins

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Richard MacGillivray Dawkins FBA (24 October 1871 – 4 May 1955) was a British archaeologist.[1][2] He was associated with the British School at Athens, of which he was Director between 1906 and 1913.[3]

Early life

He was the son of Rear-Admiral Richard Dawkins of Stoke Gabriel and his wife Mary Louisa McGillivray, only surviving daughter of Simon McGillivray. He was educated at Marlborough College and at King's College, London where he trained as an electrical engineer.

Academic career

He took part in the dig at Palékastro,[4] and the survey of Lakonia[5] (see Artemis Orthia); also at Rhitsona.[6] He undertook linguistic fieldwork in Cappadocia from 1909 to 1911, which resulted in a basic work on Cappadocian Greek. Then he led a dig at Filakopí from 1911.[7]

He was the first Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.

In 1907, he inherited the Plas Dulas estate from a first cousin. There he experimented with plant importation and cultivation. He also displayed archaeological antiquities within the garden.[8]


  • Modern Greek in Asia Minor (1916)
  • The sanctuary of Artemis Orthia at Sparta (1929)
  • The Cypriot Chronicle of Makhairas (1932)
  • The Monks of Athos (1936)
  • Forty-five Stories from the Dodecanese 1950
  • Arabian Nights
  • Norman Douglas (1952)
  • Modern Greek Folktales (1953)
  • More Greek Folktales (1955)
  • More stories from the Arabian Nights (1957)

References and sources

  1. Professor R. M. Dawkins The Living Greek Tradition (Obituaries) The Times Friday, May 06, 1955; pg. 13; Issue 53213; col E
  2. Prof. R. M. Dawkins (Obituaries) The Times Wednesday, May 18, 1955; pg. 13; Issue 53223; col D
  3. "Directors of the British School at Athens". Swansea University. Retrieved 14 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Ronald M. Burrows and Percy N. Ure in Boeotia. by Dr. Victoria Sabetai, Academy of Athens. A lecture given at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, 2006. Archived here.
  8. History of Plas Dulas Estate
  • R. J. H. Jenkins, Richard MacGillivray Dawkins, 1871-1955, Proceedings of the British Academy, 41 (1955), 373-88.