The Madras College Archive


Former Pupil Biographies

William Thomas Ketchen M.A., W.S. (1858 - 1946)

The Edinburgh Gazette reported the following:


The King has been pleased, by Warrant under His Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 31st ultimo, to direct Letters Patent to be passed under the Great Seal of Scotland, appointing William Thomas Ketchen, Esquire, W.S., to be Keeper of the General Register of Sasines, Keeper of the General Register of Hornings, Inhibitions and Adjudications, and Keeper of the Register of Entails, in the room of James
Smith Clark, Esquire, S.S.C., appointed Auditor of the Court of Session.

The 'Old Boys Chronicle' in the Madras College Magazine for Easter 1911 reported:

We congratulate Mr. William Thomas Ketchen, M.A., W.S.. on his appointment as Keeper of the General Register of Sasines, Edinburgh. Mr. Ketchen is well known, not only in Leven, but all over the County of Fife and for miles beyond. He is a native of Elie, and after leaving Madras College he entered his father's office. A prominent young lawyer, he qualified as a Writer to the Signet, and started in business in Methil. He soon built up a large local practice, and in course of time lie was appointed Clerk to Police Commission, Clerk to the Burgh of Methil, Buckhaven, and Innerleven : Prosecutor for Elie, Earlsferry. and Williamsburgh; and Clerk to the District Licensing Court, positions which he still holds. During his long tenure of office in this capacity, Mr. Ketchen has displayed a keen interest in the affairs of the district, which he has seen developed from a comparatively small community to a large mining and industrial centre. It is, however, in another department of his multifarious duties that his name has been brought most prominently before the public. Since the death of his father, whom he succeeded in office, he has acted as the Liberal Agent for Mr. Asquith in East Fife, In this connection he was warmly complimented by the Prime Minister in the course of the recent election.