Atholl Hill obituary

By John Wright

My friend Atholl Hill, who has died aged 82, was a silverware designer whose career reflected his considerable artistic talents. Pieces designed by Atholl include a silver plate for St Joseph's church in Wool, Dorset, candelabra and a punchbowl for York University, a mace for St John's University, Newfoundland, and a processional cross for the Chapels Royal at the Tower of London.

Born in Dundee to Louis Hill, a director of Low & Bonar jute merchants, and his wife, Agnes (nee Nairn), Atholl attended Morgan Academy, where he won the top prize for art in his final year and also captained a nationally successful team on the BBC radio show Top of the Form in 1952. He studied industrial design at Glasgow School of Art (1953-56), where, upon graduation, he was awarded the highest accolade, the Newbery medal.

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