After studying History and English Literature at Glasgow University in the late 1970s, Andrew Ralston was awarded a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed a D.Phil thesis on the history of the treatment of destitute and delinquent children in nineteenth century Scotland.  
Thereafter he taught in an independent school and, along with a colleague, started writing educational textbooks.  This led to a series of over twenty titles, many of which are now standard texts used in secondary schools throughout Scotland.  He has also run workshops for teachers and regularly produces educational resources for the BBC.
In retirement he has again taken up his academic research, resulting in the publication of ‘Opening Schools and Closing Prisons’ in the Routledge Modern History Series.

MA (1st Class Honours), University of Glasgow, 1976
D Phil (Balliol College, Oxford) 1980
Personal Interests
Andrew Ralston served as a church organist for many years and is currently an active member of the Kirk Session at Glasgow Cathedral.

He has a keen interest in classic cars and vintage toys and has published numerous magazine articles and books on these subjects.