Andrew G. Ralston Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Andrew G. Ralston


As a student at Glasgow University in the late 1970s, Andrew Ralston was encouraged by the late Geoffrey Finlayson, author of the definitive biography of Lord Shaftesbury, to undertake research on juvenile delinquency in the nineteenth century. He was awarded the degree of D.Phil by the University of Oxford for a thesis on 'The Treatment of Destitute and Delinquent Children in Scotland, 1812-72'.

Subjects: History


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.  


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