Marcus Homer Merriman ’62

Marcus Homer Merriman ’62 died on March 23, 2006, in Lancaster, England.

At the time of his death, he may have been the longest-serving full-time academic in the United Kingdom (42 years). Born on May 3, 1940, in Baltimore, MD, he prepared for college at McDonogh School in Maryland and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1962, he did graduate work for two years at the University of London, from which he received his doctor of philosophy degree in history in 1974. He was an assistant lecturer in the department of modern history at the Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, and was a founding member of the university. In 1966, he was promoted to lecturer. In 1992, he was promoted to senior lecturer. He was an instructor at Queens College in Flushing, NY, in the summer of 1969, a visiting professor at the summer session at Syracuse University in New York in 1969, and a visiting professor at Bowdoin during the 1975-76 academic year. For many years, he was vice president of Pendle College at Lancaster University. In 1964, he was the recipient of the David Berry Prize of the Royal Historical Society, and was presented the Royal Historical Society Gold Medal Prize for the best essay on the field of Scottish history. In 1991, he won the British National Partnership Award for Innovation in the Teaching of History and the first Pilkington Prize at the Lancaster University for excellence in teaching. His television program That’s History was broadcast internationally. He was the author of numerous articles on history, treating subjects as diverse as 16th-century map-making, a 16th-century scheme to rebuild Hadrian’s Wall, Italian engineers in Britain, the fortifications of the Northern Borders, and British Unionists. In 2001, the Saltire Society’s Scottish History Book of the Year Award was given to him for his 2000 book The Rough Wooings of Mary Queen of Scots, 1542-1551. Surviving are his partner, Irene Lewis; two daughters, Catherine Merriman of Liverpool, England, and Hannah Merriman of London, England; and his former wife, Philippa Borg Merriman, whom he had married in 1971.