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Bonar Long & Co. Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1936-1994
George Bonar, Managing Director of Low & Bonar, invited Tom Long, an electrical engineer, and his colleague, Henrik Rissik, to Dundee to launch their new company for manufacturing mercury arc rectifiers, transformers and electric arc welding equipment, at premises in part of the Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd., Dundee factory, a subsidiary of Low and Bonar. The lease for the new company, Bonar Long & Co. Ltd, began in October 1936. In 1994 the company became part of ABB Power T&D Ltd, based in Aberdeen, maker of telegraph and telephone apparatus and equipment
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Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1949-
The Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club originated due to ex-service men and women's ongoing enthusiasm for outdoor life. It was founded in 1949 in Forfar, because it was easy for members to cycle or bus to Glen Clova. Carn Dearg translated from Gaelic is 'Red Hills' i.e. the Red Craigs of Glen Clova. Its base was later moved to Dundee but members are spread across Scotland and England. Throughout the year the Society runs monthly and weekend trips to Scotland's most spectacular mountain areas. It caters for all forms of mountaineering activity and membership allows users to have access to members-only mountaineering bothies. The club today (2014) has approximately 80 members of all ages and abilities. Carn Dearg Mountaineering Club website

Carnoustie Golf Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1842-

Carnoustie Golf Club was formally established in 1842 and is based at what has been described as one of the toughest links courses in the world. Golf is known to have been played at Carnoustie from as early as the 1500s and the club is known to have been in existence for some time before its formal foundation. The club is believed to be among the ten oldest surviving golf clubs in the world.

The Club has produced several first class players and in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many Carnoustie golfers went to the United States where they became professionals. These included the famed Smith brothers. When the Professional Golfers' Association of America was founded in 1916, nearly half of the 82 professional members were from Carnoustie.

A golf course was first laid out at Carnoustie in the 1830s by the publisher Robert Chalmers. The current course was designed by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris in the 1850s and was modified and extended by Morris in the 1860s and redesigned by James Braid in the 1920s. The course has staged the Open Championships several times including in 1999 when Scotland's Paul Lawrie won one of the most dramatic championships. The clubhouse dates from 1898.

Club 66

  • Corporate body
  • 1966-
The Club is made up of members who were medical students and qualified in 1966 from Queen's College, Dundee. It was formed to organise student reunions

D C Thomson & Co Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • c1905-
D C Thomson & Co. Ltd are publishers primarily based in Dundee. They are responsible for over 200 million publications a year. They publish newspapers, magazines and comics including The Courier and Advertiser, The Sunday Post, The People's Friend, The Dandy and The Beano. Since the launch of The Dandy in 1937 the firm has been well known as a publisher of children's comics and many of the UK's leading comic artists have worked on the publications.

Development Office

  • Corporate body
  • 1990s-2003
During the 1990s the Development Office was based in Cross Row and promoted the University. It included within its sphere the Alumni Office and Appeals and Campaigns. In 2003 the Development Office became External Relations and moved to the Tower. Alumni Relations remained part of the department but remained in Cross Row. It became the Alumni and Development Office in 2007 after combining with Trusts & Foundations fundraising as well as specific campaigns - Diabetes Research etc. The Press Office and Student Recruitment and Admissions also became part of External Relations.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-
Until 1975 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art was the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology. However, in 1975, the Institute spit, to become the Institute of Technology, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. In 1994, the art college became a faculty of Dundee University.

Dundee Medical School

  • Corporate body
  • 1904-
In 1881, when University College Dundee was founded, the city of Dundee contained the Royal Infirmary and the Royal Lunatic Asylum which would provide medical teaching space for the new institution. The College however, had no power to award degrees. The Faculty of Medicine was established in Dundee in 1897 as a joint venture between the University of St Andrews and University College Dundee.
Buildings for the Dundee Medical School were officially opened in 1904, with the intention of accommodating 100–150 students. Proposals for the design of the new hospital and medical school (Ninewells) were put forward in 1960 but the building was not completed until 1the 1970s. The building cost around 10.5 million to construct and it was opened by the Queen Mother in October 1974. It was the second purpose built medical school in the UK and is affiliated with the University of Abertay and the University of Dundee.
The School of Medicine now encompasses undergraduate, postgraduate, specialist teaching centres and four research divisions.

Dundee Mountain Film Festival

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-
The Film Festival was originally the idea of John Burdin as a way of raising funds for the construction of a new bridge at Bachnagarin, Glen Doll, in memory of Roy Tait. The first was held in 1983 and was so successful it became an annual event. In recent years it has been held in the Bonar Hall, Dundee.

Dundee Repertory Theatre

  • Corporate body
  • 1939-
Dundee Repertory Theatre was founded in 1939 out of a collaboration between Robert Thornely who had managed the last touring company to perform at Dundee and who was looking for a home for his professional company and the amateur company the Dundee Dramatic Company. The first theatre was housed in a disused jute mill. After the premises were destroyed by a fire in 1963 the company moved to a church building on Lochee Road. This served as the theatre's home until the new Dundee Rep Theatre was opened in 1982. Dundee Rep Ensemble was established in 1999 and is the only permanent full-time company of actors in Scotland. Dundee Rep is also home to The Scottish Dance Theatre and both companies work with communities across the region

Dundee Royal Infirmary

  • Corporate body
  • 1782-1998

Dundee Royal Infirmary had its origins in the Voluntary Dispensary founded in the city by public subscription in 1782. This proved so beneficial to the community that in 1793 Dr. Small proposed that an Infirmary for indoor patients should be founded. His proposal was realised in 1798, when the first 56-bed Dundee Infirmary was erected at King Street. Only the central portion was built at the time, the wings being erected in 1825-27. The Infirmary was granted a Royal Charter by George III in 1819, establishing it into a Body Corporate and Politic, called the "Dundee Royal Infirmary and Asylum". In 1820 the Asylum was formally established as a separate entity in premises in Albert Street, Dundee.

By the mid nineteenth century the King Street premises were no longer adequate and in 1852 building started on a new site in Barrack Road, near Dudhope Castle. Designed by Messrs. Coe & Godwin of London, it was completed and opened in February 1855, when patients were transferred from King Street. Originally constructed to accommodate 220 patients, later additions were made and the hospital began to diversify its services with new children's, ear and eye, ear nose and throat wards and an out patient clinic. The infirmary was granted further Royal Charters in 1877 and 1898 - the former on the occasion of the opening of a convalescent home at Barnhill and the latter providing for the addition of a maternity hospital.

In July 1948 the running of the Infirmary was transferred to the National Health Service in accordance with the 1947 National Health Service (Scotland) Act. The hospital closed in 1998, after all services were transferred to Ninewells Hopsital

Dundee University Operatic Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1963-
Student society which produces a full-scale musical every year, as well as staging a number of concerts and smaller shows.

Dundee University Students Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

DUSA is the legal representative and students' union for matriculated students of the University of Dundee. The Students' Association was founded by the merger in 1969 of the Students' Union and students' representative council (SRC). Both bodies had existed since the University of Dundee's period as a college of the University of St Andrews. The Dundee Students' Union was mainly responsible for meeting the physical needs of students, and ran a bar, shop, and launderette. There were two restaurants: Old Dines, located in the Ellenbank building, and New Dines, built in 1963. The SRC handled other aspects of student welfare, including negotiation with the University authorities (from 1967) and with the college authorities during Dindee's period as a constituent of the University of St Andrews.

The Union gained its first accommodation by the renting of the Ellenbank building in 1905 with £4,000 raised from the University College Bazaar - a fairly regular event of official speakers, entertainments, live music, comedy and stalls - held in October 1903. The building itself had been constructed as a villa in 1813 and had been acquired by the University College in more recent years.

Ellenbank was initially separated by levels, providing separate rooms for the male and female students - with the ladies entering up a flight of stairs to the rear and the gentlemen having sole use of the "handsome" entrance hall. Despite the segregation, this was probably the first Students' Union in the United Kingdom to admit both men and women to the same association and also to allow them use of the same building. Ellenbank later underwent extensive renovation in the 1920s, and was connected to the neighbouring (and similar) Union Mount building, which housed the College library. By 1969, it was decided that new and larger premises were necessary and a new building was completed in 1974. New Dines was demolished in 1986.
DUSA is affiliated to the Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (CHESS) and the National Postgraduate Committee. Unlike most students unions in the United Kingdom, DUSA is not affiliated to the National Union of Students.

DUSA was part of the Scottish Union of Students which became part of the NUS in 1971. But in 1980 DUSA disaffiliated from the NUS, only to re-affiliate again in the mid-1980s until 1994 when it left once more.[5][6] This stance was confirmed in a referendum held on 1 and 2 April 2010 in which 1,795 students voted against and 467 voted for NUS affiliation.[7]

The Union has a collective purchasing and co-ordination agreement with a number of other Scottish students bodies through the Northern Services group.[8]

The Sports Union is affiliated to British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Unlike in many universities, the Sports Union is a separate body from the main Students' Union, instead, it is officially part of the University's structure. DUSA and the Sports Union collaborate on many projects, and the Sports Union Executive officers used to be based in the main DUSA building. They are now based in the University's Institute of Sport and Exercise.
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Glasite Church

  • Corporate body
  • 1725-
Reverend John Glas (1695-1773), while Presbyterian minister at Tealing (Forfarshire) in 1725, set up a society of nearly one hundred people for monthly celebration of the Lord's Supper and closer religious fellowship.
In 1729 he published "Testimony of the King of Martyrs", embodying his opposition to interference of the Solemn League and Covenant. In 1728, the Synod of Angus and Mearns suspended him as minister, which was confirmed in 1730 by the General Assembly.
He set up a church in Dundee whose members became known as Glasites and, in 1733, built their first meeting house in Perth where he was helped by his son-in-law Robert Sandeman. Other churches in Scotland followed and then in England; Robert Sandeman exported the faith to America where its followers became known as Sandemanians.
Central beliefs of the Glasites include the view that Christ's Kingdom is purely spiritual and wholly separate from the state, "the agape" (Love Feast), the osculum pacis (Kiss of Peace) and ritual washing of feet. Glas also introduced the idea of a simple meal at the church for worshippers, hence the church gaining the nickname of the Kail Kirk.
The last of the Sandemanian churches in America ceased to exist in 1890. The London meeting house finally closed in 1984 and the last Elder of the Church died in Edinburgh in 1999. Many Glasites joined the general body of Scottish Congregationalists, and the denomination may now be considered extinct.

IT / ICS (Information and Communication Services)

  • Corporate body
Admin history: To be written, see also . Mike Whitehead, head of Network Infrastructure, retires in spring 2010 and Pete Newton, Technical Manager of Workstation and Desktop, in November 2009

Maryfield Hospital

  • Corporate body
  • 1893-1976

Maryfield Hospital had its origins as the East Poorhouse Hospital, which was opened in 1893 by Dundee Parish Council for the treatment of the sick poor. The Hospital was built alongside the East Poorhouse, situated on five acres of land near Stobswell, on the west side of Mains Loan, south of Clepington Road, Dundee. The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1845 provided the framework upon which the welfare services could be built and the Parochial Board of Dundee adopted a resolution in 1852 to provide a Poorhouse for the Parish, which was to accommodate paupers, including the physically and mentally ill. It opened in 1856 and was renamed the East Poorhouse after the amalgamation of the Parochial Boards of Dundee and Liff and Benvie in 1879. The Liff and Benvie Parish Poorhouse, latterly known as the West Poorhouse, was erected on the north side of Blackness Road and opened in 1864.

Following the abolition of the parish councils under the Local Government (Scotland) Act in 1929 its running was taken over by the town council. In the 1930s it began to concentrate its efforts in the field of maternity and childcare.

In 1948 it became part of the new National Health Service. Maryfield Hospital expanded and eventually occupied all of the old poorhouse site, and was Dundee's second main hospital after the Royal Infirmary. Maryfield Hospital also had psychiatric wards, which were amalgamated in 1959 with the District Asylum (Westgreen) and the Royal Asylum (Gowrie House) to form the Dundee Royal Mental Hospital.

Maryfield Hospital closed down to patients in stages between 1974 and 1976 and its services were taken over by the new Ninewells Hospital (opened in 1974). Some of the buildings were subsequently used by Tayside Health Board for administrative purposes.

Ninewells Cancer Campaign

  • Corporate body
  • 1990-
The Ninewells Cancer Campaign was established in 1990 following the success of the CAT SCAN Appeal which raised funds for much needed X-ray equipment for detecting cancers. Dr Pat McPherson was instrumental in setting up the Appeal and it was at that time he met Jacqui Wood - and this led to an amazing 20 years of legendary fundraising at Ninewells. Ninewells Cancer Campaign has operated with a series of Special Appeals (raising £17million in total); in between these Appeals money has continued to be generously donated by groups and organisations, wills and legacies, funeral donations and donations from Charitable Trusts, companies and individuals. All decisions on projects to be funded have always been made in discussion with the scientists and clinicians at the University of Dundee and Ninewells Hospital. Over the years the NCC has built up an enviable reputation and has received substantial unsolicited funding. Much of this was undoubtedly due to the time and effort put in by Jacqui, attending and speaking to groups and having photos with cheque presentations in the press. Jacqui Wood herself died of cancer in 2011 and Lady Fiona Fraser became Chairman. Lady Fraser had been Vice-Chairman for many years and was closely involved with the NCC from the start.

Ninewells Hospital and Medical School

  • Corporate body
  • 1973-

In a joint building programme carried out by University College Dundee and the Eastern Regional Hospital Board, work on constructing the new teaching hospital at Ninewells, Dundee was begun in 1964. The foundation stone for Ninewells was laid by Lord Hughes of Hawkhill on 9th September 1965. Ninewells Medical School began to be occupied in 1973.. The hospital was officially opened by the Queen Mother on 23rd October 1974.

Located on a site of nearly 200 acres, the buildings at Ninewells, from the Dundee College of Nursing to the Maternity Department stand on a sloping parkland site with views across the River Tay. Ward units were planned on the 'race-track' principle, each unit having 48 beds in two wards of 24 beds. Ninewells was built to accommodate 800 beds and a staff of around 4,000. Ninewells Hospital cost around £10.5 million to construct.

The hospital has nursing and research links with the University of Dundee and is managed by NHS Tayside. The associated Medical School is a centre for research and the combined complex is the largest in the U.K.

Publishing Scotland

  • Corporate body
  • 1973-
Publishing Scotland is a not-for-profit company established to provide representation for publishers across Scotland and to help further develop the publishing sector it describes itself as 'the network for tade, training and development'. It is a registered charity and was originally established in 1973 by ten Scottish publishers, as the Scottish Publishers Association and formally launched in 1974. Its founding aim was to collaborate for marketing, information and attending book fairs at a time when the Scottish publishing industry was in serious decline. The body was initially chaired by Robin Lorimer. It adopted its present name in April 2007. The organisation is based in Edinburgh and continues its original remit along as dealing with new challenges facing publishers such as digitisation issues.

Robert Kinnes & Sons Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1883-2019
Robert Kinnes & Sons Ltd was founded in 1883 by Mr Robert Kinnes as a Trading company for the Tay Whale Fishing Co. Ltd, of which he was Managing Director. The company's activities included ship-broking and the management of whaling vessels. From 1874 to the First World War the Tay Whale Fishing Company owned a large fleet of whaling ships. During the war most whalers were either sunk or destroyed. In 1920 the firm Robert Kinnes & Sons was established in Dock Street. From that date the firm of Robert Kinnes & Sons has operated in Dundee as shipping agents and a charter company. In September 1922 a trading ketch, the 'Easonian', owned by Robert Kinnes & Sons, was lost in the Cumberland Sound. This was reported to have marked the end of the connection between whaling and Dundee.
The Kinnes Shipping Company was still in existence in 2019


  • Corporate body
  • 1996-
As a major employer in twentieth century Scottish industry, whose importance has been widely acknowledged, the print and publishing industry has a social, economic and cultural history which has been little researched and documented. The SAPPHIRE initiative was set up in 1996 as the first sustained attempt to fill this gap within that knowledge of the industry. Since then, the project has developed a substantial oral history archive and database. It has documented aspects of the working lives of people who were employed in the industry, had connections with it, and were involved in instituting the large changes that took place within it. SAPPHIRE has created a permanent archive and database, now housed in the Archives centre at the University of Dundee. SAPPHIRE has been created as a collaborative initiative developed in partnership with a range of educational, professional and non-commercial organisations concerned with preserving the social, economic and cultural history of the men and women who worked in the print and publishing industries. In addition to the archival collection, SAPPHIRE is providing material for a series of initiatives to benefit Scottish heritage and educational communities, such as research projects, a series of short publications, books, an exhibition on Thomas Nelson and Sons in Edinburgh in 2001 and an exhibition on Papermaking on the Water of Leith in 2004. Partnership is between the University of Napier and University of Dundee. See

School of Food & Accommodation Management

  • Corporate body
  • 1975-2003
The School of Food & Accommodation Management came into existence in 1975 and was situated in the Matthew Building in the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art campus. It was renamed the School of Management and Consumer Studies (MACS) and became a department of the University of Dundee after the 1994 merger. In 2003 it was transferred to the University of Abertay, Dundee.

School of Life Sciences

  • Corporate body
  • 2000-
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee was formed in October 2000 from the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and Chemistry. These Departments were dissolved and replaced by eight Research Divisions and a Teaching Unit. The School is housed in five buildings on the University Campus, namely the Wellcome Trust Biocentre (WTB), the Medical Sciences Institute (MSI), the Biological Sciences Institute (BSI), the Old Medical School (OMS) and the Carnelley Building. Completed in 1997, the WTB is the most recent addition, being built and equipped with donations totalling nearly £14 million. This includes £10 million from The Wellcome Trust (thought to be the largest single charitable donation ever given to Scotland). The WTB is physically joined to and fully integrated with the MSI and this research complex houses some 450 scientists and support staff. A further 200 Scientists are based in BSI, OMS and the Carnelley Building. The School comprises some 70 Research Groups headed by Principal Investigators (PIs) that include citizens of Austria, Britain, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, and the USA, and scientists from 52 different nations work in the School. Many of the PIs have been awarded prestigious Research Fellowships and a host of National and International Research Prizes. Current research grants awarded from non-University sources are £23 million per annum mainly from the Wellcome Trust, the UK Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the National Environmental Research Council, The Royal Society of London and a number of Pharmaceutical companies. The eight Research Divisions of the School are Biological Chemistry and Molecular Microbiology, Cell Biology and Immunology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Cell Signalling, Environmental and Applied Biology, Gene Regulation and Expression, Molecular Physiology and Physical and Inorganic Chemistry. They carry out fundamental research into many of the most topical areas of current biomedical and life sciences research, and their work is aimed at understanding the causes of diseases that include diabetes, cancer, hereditary skin diseases, inflammatory diseases, defects of the immune system, antibiotic resistance in bacteria and tropical parasitic diseases.

Sidlaw Industries Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1920-
Jute Industries Ltd was formed as a result of the amalgamation of many of the Dundee jute companies including Cox Brothers (Camperdown Works), Gilroy and Sons (Tay Works) and J and A D Grimond (Bowbridge Works), and was registered as a limited company in England in 1920.
It changed its name to Sidlaw Industries Ltd in 1971 and to Sidlaw Group plc in 1981. Over the years the company moved away from jute into other interests. As of 2020 the company is still registered as active and is based in Bristol.
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