Civil servant and classical scholar, Sir George Macdonald was Secretary of the Scottish Education Department from 1922-8. His dual occupations were remarked upon in his obituary: “scholarship is not incompatible with administrative ability”. He was regarded worldwide as both an archaeologist and numismatist, publishing ‘The Roman Wall in Scotland’ (1911) and cataloguing the collection of Greek coins in the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. He employed “scientific method and equipment” in his fieldwork and excavations, resulting in new discoveries in the discipline of Romano-British history. He was chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland from 1934 until his death.