William Wallace was a Scottish classical composer. A remarkable man, he was also a doctor, and an eye surgeon.


He came from a privileged background, and his father James Wallace, was a distinguished surgeon.

 Dabbling in Classical Scholarship, writing poetry and drama, and also painting, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corp during the First World War, retiring in 1919 with the rank of Captain.

Although he had been interested in music, and played instruments well, he first studied medicine in Glasgow, Vienna, and Paris. At the age of twenty-nine he decided to concentrate solely on music, deciding to study music under Mackenzie at the Royal Academy in London in 1889.

In his later years, he became a Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music when his fellow Scot and composer, John Blackwood McEwen was Principal.

Some of his works –

The Passing of Beatrice

Creation Symphony

Pelléas et Mélisande

The Massacre of the MacPhersons