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David MacRitchie

David MacRitchie (April 16, 1861 - January 14, 1925) was the younger son of William Dawson MacRitchie and Elizabeth Elder MacRitchie. He was born in Edinburgh and attended the Edinburgh Southern Academy, the Edinburgh Institute and Edinburgh University. He did not gain a degree but qualified as a Charterd Accountant. His father had been a surgeon in the East India Company.

David founded the Gypsy Lore Society in 1889, which he edited with Francis Hindes Groome. In 1907 he became president of the St Andrew Society, a position which he held until his death.

In 1914 he joined the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland,serving as vice-president from 1917 - 1920. He was noted for his interest in archaeology, being appointed as a trustee for Lord Abercromby's endowment for an Archeology department at the University of Edinburgh.

He was also a member of the Scottish Arts Club and Vice-president of the Philosophical Institution. he was active in such charities as the Edinburgh Dispensary for Skin Diseases and the Edinburgh Society for the Relief of Indigent Old Men.

Publications by MacRitchie include: