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A. S. Cumming

  • Person
  • fl 1930s
A. S. Cumming was General Manager of J & G Paton Jute/Flax Processing of Montrose. In the 1930s he studied at Dundee Technical College.

Airlie Hall residents

  • Person
  • 1967-1968
A collaboration between several students residing in Airlie Hall, including Alan Craxford, Harry Brooks, Rick Sugden and Robert Peacock produced 'The Airlie Morning Post' (TAMP), a newspaper offering news mainly related to Airlie Hall of Residence from the students' point of view. Ten issues were produced during the first session of the University of Dundee, 1967-1968.

Alan Sharp

  • Person
  • 1934-2013

Born in Alyth, Sharp was adopted and raised in Greenock. Leaving school at 14 Sharp did a variety of jobs before moving to London with the intention of writing.

In 1965, his screenplay 'A Knight in Tarnished Armour' was broadcast by the BBC. He also published his first novel 'A Green Tree in Gedde', which won the Scottish Arts Council Award in 1967, the same year he published 'The Wind Shifts'.

Sharp emigrated to the USA where he found critical and popular success writing film screenplays, also moving into television in the 1980s and 1990s. His feature film projects included The Osterman Weekend (1982), Rob Roy (1995) and Dean Spanley (2008).
Sharp married four times and had a total of six children


Alex Coupar

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  • Person
  • 1932-
Alex Coupar was educated at Dens Road and Morgan Academy. He always wanted to be a photographer and joined DC Thomson after leaving school as a press photographer, eventually specialising in theatre work and the Scots Magazine.
In 1953 he served his National Service with the Royal Air Force School of Photography where he was a publicity photographer. In 1955, Coupar returned to Dundee and DC Thomson and where he worked on news stories and with the Dundee Repertory Theatre, producing production and publicity photographs.
Leaving DC Thomson in 1966, Coupar set up his own studio at 19 South Tay Street, working freelance for the press and for companies like Dundee Rep and Bett Brothers builders (his first clients). Coupar's studio, Spanphoto, became known as one of Scotland's premier photographic firms.
Alex Coupar married Margaret with whom he had a son and daughter. He retired and closed Spanphoto in 2000.

Alexander Hannay

  • Person
  • fl 1860s
Alexander Hannay, portioner, had property in Helensburgh and owned the Prince of Wales Theatre, later known as the Grand Theatre in Cowcaddens, Glasgow. He was father to James Ballantyne Hannay, chemist and innovator. The Prince of Wales Music Hall opened in 1867 and was one of Glasgow's oldest music halls. Following a fire in 1869, a new theatre was built on the site and in 1881 it was refurbished and called the Grand Theatre. It had a capacity of 2,030 and film shows began regularly from 1915. The Grand was taken over in 1909 by Moss Empires Ltd, but was again destroyed by fire in 1989. The New Grand Picture House was then built in its place.

Alexander John Stewart Low

  • Person
  • 26 September 1937-

Born to Alexander Halley Low and Dorothy LIndesay Gregory, Alex JS Low attended Seaford College. His father and grandfather, AG Low, were both keen amateur photographers, and Alex learned basic techniques from his father; by the age of ten, his pictures were being published in the local press.

Alex developed his photographic skills whilst doing his RAF National Service in 1955-1956, after which he matriculated at a local polytechnic. However, finding the course very basic, Alex rarely attended, preferring to develop the skills he had learned at a course at the Leica factory, which he had attended while he was serving in Germany. Using his own Leica camera, Alex began building up is own 'unauthorised' portfolio, his photographs winning the most stars of merit from a prestigious judging panel at an exhibition of students' work held by the polytechnic. Despite this achievement, Alex was not welcomed back to the polytechnic, being deemed as 'undisciplined'.

Alex determined to become a photo-journalist and continued to build his portfolio, travelling around the UK and Europe capturing scenes like the Dog Market at Club Row and villages around the Mediterranean coast. Originally getting small magazine assignments, in 1960 he was offered a job as staff photographer with the Pictorial Press agency, who worked in collaboration with the US based Globe Photos Inc. However, Alex continued to shoot images like the ban the bomb marches, as opposed to the agencies' film world shoots. Meeting and working with Simon Guttman expanded his assignments into picture stories centred around the arts, but by 1964, this work was declining and Alex had a brief spell working in TV for BBC 2 with Chris Brasher. In the same year, the new colour supplement 'Weekend Telegraph' was planned and Alex was invited to join the team as its first picture editor and only staff photographer. In that capacity he worked on major picture stories in many parts of the world, including the Isle of Wight pop festival, Californian hippy communes, Club Méditerranée, Corfu, the drug problem in 1960's Hong Kong and several projects across India, where he became friends with the last Maharaja of Bikaner.

In 1971, Alex became a director of Tom Stacey Ltd, in 1971 , His first project was a 20 volume series, the 'Peoples of the World' which have been published in 14 languages around the world, but not published in the UK. Alex has written that this 'was a great challenge. We assembled a team of eminent anthropologists to advise us and write the copy. We divided a map of the world into 18 appropriate areas, one for each volume, with two additional volumes for Man the Craftsman and The Future of Mankind. Each volume was to be 144 pages. The photographs came from the files of photographers all over the world, many of whom I knew as friends through my work at the Telegraph, and also from anthropologists and historic picture collections. These books have become a unique record of the peoples of the Earth, just before and in the middle of the 20th century, before their cultures were destroyed by the spread of 20th century western civilisation and globalisation.'

By 1979, Alex had moved to Cornwall, where he and his partner, Sally, ran Coombe Farm Country Guest House until 1999.

Alex has four children with Marianne Wenzel and Sally Wickes. In recent years, Alex has lived in Devon, and with the help of partner Anna Philpott, has gathered and organised the archive of his ancestors' papers.

Anna MacDonald

  • Person
  • 1935-2022

Anna MacDonald was born in Dundee, the eldest of six children. She was educated at Rockwell Primary School and Rockwell Secondary School, then worked for a number of companies in Dundee, including Watson and Philip and Burndept-Vidor. Anna also worked at the University of Dundee, where she was the operator of the first word processer the University used.

A prolific and award winning poet, Anna MacDonald produced several collections of verse, and was also the author of booklets about old Dundee. Much of her poetry relates to Dundee and its culture. Her poem 'Oor Wullie' was widely used in conjunction with the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Dundee in 2016 and Oor Wullie's Big Bucket Trail in 2019, while her poem 'Adele Penguin' was been used to promote Maggie's Penguin Parade in Dundee in 2018. Her poetry has been used in schools and material produced by Verdant Works. Anna also translated the Japanese poem Furusato into English for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998.

Anna MacDonald was also recognised for her contributions to traditional music, and for many years performed as part of the 'Temperance Two Showband' with her second husband Clifford Inglis, who died in 2018. She was also the author of an unpublished autobiography which gives a frank account of her life and provides an invaluable insight into working class life in twentieth century Dundee. A year before his death, Cliff Ingles wrote his autobiography "I Belonged to Glasgow" which includes some of Anna's poems.

Anna died in 2022.

Examples of Anna MacDonald's poetry can be found at
Cliff Inglis is featured on this podcast from the 2017 Dundee Literary Festival:

Anna Milne Mackie

  • Person
  • 1902-1973
Anna Milne Mackie was born in East Newport in 1902, the daughter of William Ingles, master builder, and his wife Johanna Milne. She attended Newport School and Dundee High School where she was awarded the Harris Gold Medal. Mackie graduated from University College, Dundee with a Second Class Honours degree in mathematics in 1924. She trained as a teacher and taught for many years at Morgan Academy, Dundee where she was latterly Principal Teacher of Mathematics. Mackie died in Dundee Royal Infirmary, 19 December 1973.

Anne C Walden

  • Person
  • 1915-
Annie Chalmers Walden, nee Nicoll, was born 12 August 1915 at 3 Balfour Street, Dundee. The youngest of four daughters, their parents ran a working men's cafe in Hunter Street. Annie attended Harris Academy, 1926-1932, then began her studies at Dundee University College.
By 1935 Annie had gained a first class degree in Science, and a year later with honours in Zoology. She was also captain of the College's athletics team. Annie had studied under Professor Peacock, and continued working with him as researcher and tutor until 1937.
Annie then worked as an assistant guide lecturer at the Perth Museum for two years, then at Leicester Museums as an education assistant There, she met Trevor Walden, (who would become the director of the Burrell collection in Glasgow) and they married in 1941.
During WW2, Annie was posted the the British Library, while her husband served in the Navy. Her research involved investigating beaches for the D day landings. In 1945 Annie left London and took the post of Director of Halifax Museum.
After the war and the births of her children, Annie worked as a demonstrator in the Zoolology Dept of Leicester University and also taught in local schools and colleges as well as working for Leicester University Press. In 1973, she trained as a teacher at Jordanhill College, Glasgow, after which she taught science in a number of schools, her final post being at Clydebank High School.
Annie had two sons, Ian and Neil; Ian graduated from Dundee in 1966 having studied Engineering, and her niece, Sheila, lectured at Dundee in Chemistry. Annie has lived in Bowling, West Dunbartonshire since 1973 and was, for 26 years, the Chair of the Bowling and Milton Community Council.

Anne Heath

  • Person
  • fl 1970-

Heath's thesis was written in the 3rd and final year of her Teacher Training at City of Birmingham College of Education where she studied from September 1970 till June 1973, gaining a full Certificate of Education, with Merits in the Study of Education and also in the Main and Subsidiary subjects, Drama and Music. In 1972 Heath married and changed her surname to Linstead. She has since reverted to using her maiden name, Heath.

On deposit, Heath provided the following context and information: 'The study, or dissertation, is titled The Appeal of Comics and their Potential Influence on Children, and reflects my early interest in children's reading, and an ongoing fascination with the acquisition of reading skills. I have enjoyed a long and varied career in teaching, initially full- time in middle schools, then, after raising a family, as a supply teacher for the last 25 years. This has included many different teaching environments and situations, from language support in state schools to music at the local Montessori school, from nurseries to 6th forms, special needs, private tuition and whole class teaching. My daughter chose a Steiner education for her son. At his school, only Capital letters were used in the early stages, as is the case with comic strip speech bubbles. I gave her my study, as my young grandson soon became an a avid reader of comics. Now he is 15, competently literate, studying for GCSEs. It was during their recent house move that this document came to light. I dipped into it and found its naivety slightly embarrassing, until I reminded myself it was a work of its time by a 20 year old. I then read most of it again with some amusement. With a general election imminent and a government currently populated with public school boys, the attitudes and antics of Winker Watson at Greytowers, (pages 67-69) take on a contemporary flavour. Certainly the prevalence of the comic teacher in this study, and the issues discussed regarding that role will have helped me question and shape my own stance in the classroom, by default! Historically, this study is a bit of a relic from a point in time when significant change was happening. For instance, at a time when colleges were making requests for all work to be typed, it is probably one of the last degree level dissertations to be written by hand! Although, at that time, the Cert. Ed. did not officially count as a degree, the B Ed had recently been introduced, requiring a further year of study. Meanwhile, the James Report gave rise to new regulations. Graduates taking teaching posts needed a teaching qualification in addition to their specialist subject. Consequently, in 1973, our college population swelled with the influx of Post Graduate Certificate of Education students. They were quick to socialise and some gamely joined the 'extras' in our final Drama assessment production of the Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss. Innovation in the 70's is a familiar subject. In education, middle schools were emerging, bridging the division between junior and secondary schools; a new subject, drama, appeared on some timetables. Interested in both, I chose the junior/secondary age range and Drama as my main subject. Middle schools came and went, Drama eventually became a GCSE subject, now taught in many secondary schools. It was a good time to study. The modest grant, available for students from low income families, taught domestic economy and facilitated a great opportunity to learn to live independently. The necessity to take holiday work broadened social awareness. College policy of assessed Teaching Practice every year, increasing in length and responsibility, ensured readiness for the classroom, a probationary year, and, finally, registered teacher status complete with a number.' Heath also commented on the presentation and condition of the thesis: 'In the days before scanning, sellotape was my method of presenting source material for illustration. After 42 years it is perishing and has left rectangular stains where I have rolled it round to make an invisible mount. (If 2-sided tape was available, then, I hadn't heard of it!) Several cuttings from comics have become detached, but seem to be in the right places. There may be some confusion as to which side should be showing. If the context isn't clear, the way the cutting has been trimmed round the frame may indicate the right way up. Also the sellotape stains show through to the right side and can be matched to their original place on the page. Where there are several cuttings on one page, the arrangement is not significant. I think one or two cuttings are missing. Some full page examples are included, and are referenced at the foot of the page. Some were stuck together in pairs, back to back with small rolls of sellotape. In these cases, only the outer sides are relevant to the study, and are referenced at the foot of the page. Sample pages from large format comics have been mounted on 2 sheets of A4, joined with sellotape at the outer edge to reinforce the fold. They open out from the centre. Before photocopiers and computer print outs, the quality of the sample survey sheets in the Appendix was typical of formal duplicated print outs in schools and colleges at the time. I think I had these done, for a fee, at the college office. Just a little more history: When multiple copies were needed, the Banda machine was the source of all worksheets, and in my case, song sheets too. Text, illustrations and notation were done by hand on a choice of plain, lined, or squared, shiny, carbon-backed paper. Writing out music for songs became much easier when I came across a pack of carbon 'Masters' with blank music staves.'

Anne Sanderson

  • Person
  • fl 1930s-1970s
Anne Sanderson worked at the University of Dundee as a Biological Scientist during the 1930s - 1970s, undertaking a range of research activities relating to various aspects of biological science.

Arthur Dawson Foote

  • Person
  • 1931-

A. D. Foote was born in Toxteth and educated in Manchester from 1938 and at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1949 where he read Classics and English.

Foote suffered from schizophrenia from the age of 26. After he recovered from an illness he spent some years as Warden of the International Voluntary Service Centre in London. To get a quieter job he worked at the National Central Library in Malet Place till 1965.

In 1969 he moved to Dundee where his family stayed; he had to spend the first 5 years in hospital. There, he edited a quarterly magazine for the patients which ran up to 22 issues.

A. D. Foote has been writing poetry and short stories as a vocation, and from 1985 earning income as a translator. He speaks Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Cornish, Arabic, Ido and Interlingua.

Bert Barnett

  • Person
Bert Barnett studied architecture at the Art College, Dundee, from 1964-1970, repeating years two and five of his course. Bert has spent most of his career as an architectural assistant, working with Ric Russell, partner in Nicoll Russell architects, who features in many of the photographs, and with local authorities. Latterly, he worked for an architect's firm in Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
'Sleepy People', the subject of the photographs, were a college band made up of architecture students who played at Art College ' hops'.

Cameron Thomson

  • Person
Cameron Thomson attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from where he graduated in 1968. He has had exhibitions in Dundee, London and New York. He was a teacher of Art for six years. He married and was later divorced from Eileidh Campbell one of the best students of textile design at D of J. In 1978 he founded the Seer Centre which is dedicated to promoting rural regeneration, sustainable agriculture and organic products. He married Moira, another Duncan of Jordanstone graduate.

Catherine Pennington Paunov

  • Person

Catherine (Cathy) Pennington Paunov is a native of Washington, DC. Following graduation from high school in 1968, she participated in an American Institute for Foreign Study program that summer at the University of Dundee. Two of her favourite classes were History of the Highlands and Archaeology.

Cathy holds the BS degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics, the MS degree in the Administration of Justice from the American University in Washington, and the MLS and JD degrees from Brigham Young University. From 1972-1974, she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Since graduation from BYU, she has lived in Texas and New York, where she met her husband, Zlatko Paunov, a sculptor, originally from Bulgaria.

Now semi-retired, they reside in Florida and New York, depending on season. Cathy continues some pro bono legal work with non-profit organizations, as well as substitute teaching at local schools.

Charles Lovatt

  • Person
  • fl 1975-2022
Charles Lovatt was born in Dundee. He studied Economics and Political Science at University of Dundee. While at University he wrote for Annasach student newspaper. Charles also worked for Dundee University Student's Association (DUSA) organising and promoting discos. Following University, Charles set up an audio business installing disco equipment. He then worked as a semi-conductor distributer broker before becoming a Lecturer in the School of Management at University of St Andrews. He is now retired.

David Ernest Cox

  • Person
  • 11 November 1908-5 November 1980
David Ernest Cox, the son of James Ernest and Agnes Jane Cox, was born in Lochee. His early education was at Stanmore Park, Middlesex, from which he entered Dartmouth Naval College as a cadet in 1922. As a Sub-Lieutenant he was present at the evacuation of Nankin in 1927. He was appointed Midshipman in 1928 and while returning from China, his ship, HMS Enterprise, was joined by the Prince of Wales at Dar-es-Salaam, who was rushing home from East Africa to see the King on his sick-bed. David served as a Commander in the Royal Navy until 1947.
After 1947, Cox and his wife, Mary Aileen Musgrove with whom he had two children, Jane and Edward, lived in South Africa, Rhodesia and Malta, then settled in Guernsey in 1972
During his retirement Commander Cox sailed his boats, 'Ninga' and 'Scottish Simo' through the French canals, across the Ionian and Adriatic seas, and throughout the Mediterranean from his base in Malta.

Dorothy McCrombie

  • Person
  • fl 1942-1998
Dorothy McCombie (nee Ross) trained at Sidlaw Sanatorium. She lived in Dundee and Forfar. She attended the International Congress of Nurses in Montreal.

Dr. Adrian N. L. Hodd

  • Person
  • 1949-
Dr Adrian Hodd studied Geography at Cambridge University from 1968 to 1971 then was employed by the University of Dundee as a Research Assistant in the Geography department from 1971 to 1975. During his time in the department he completed his PhD Thesis, "Draining the Carse of Gowrie", (1974-5), before going on to produce two further works in the same vein, "Runrig on the Eve of Agricultural Revolution in Scotland" (1974) and "Cultivation of Orchard Fruits in the Carse of Gowrie" (1975), both of which were published in the Scottish Geographical Magazine. He also worked with Professor S J Jones on his research interests.
Hodd left the university world and for the next 34 years pursued various posts in school teaching and local authority educational administration in Lancashire, Cumbria, West Sussex, Lincolnshire and East Sussex. His last substantive post was as Headteacher of Lewes Old Grammar School, East Sussex, and he retired from this post in 2000. He has since carried out some teaching on a part-time basis at an international school near Hastings, finally entering full time retirement in July 2008. In 2009 he was aged 60.

Dr Alastair R. Ross

  • Person
  • 1941-
Dr Alastair R. Ross, born in 1941 is one of the leading figurative sculptors in the UK. A former lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Dundee, Ross has also lectured in the USA and Malta.
Ross is a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and has won many awards including the Society's Sir Otto Beit Medal. He is an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy, an R.G.I., an Hon. Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and Honorary President of the Scottish Artists' Benevolent Fund.
His works embrace a wide variety of artistic concepts, scales, media and contexts, although, the human figure is at the core of Ross's work. His influences include Donatello, Ivan Mestrovich, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Fritz Wotruba and Auguste Rodin.

Dr Alwyn Scarth

  • Person
  • 1936-2017

Alwyn Scarth was born 4 September 1936 at Morley Hall, Leeds, and was one of five children. He was educated at Battley Grammar School from 1947-55 and matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1955, where he read Geography. Alwyn specialised in Geomorphology, graduating BA in 1958 and MSc in 1962 . While there, he also won a scholarship to study in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand between 1958-9, 1960-61. This began his lifelong love of the country.

After graduating PhD in 1963, Scarth took up a post of Lecturer in Geography at Queen's College, Dundee, specialising in Geomorphology, the geography of France and American Studies. He was the Director of American Studies at the university for 5 years and also organised the Transatlantic Student Exchange with Canadian and US universities. His own research focussed primarily on volcanoes which saw him spend many years travelling the world.

Scarth took early retirement in 1993, after which he concentrated on publishing his work, including 'Savage Earth' (1997), a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name. Scarth also contributed many papers, reviewed articles and journals and translated work from French into English.

A regular visitor before his retirement, in his later years he spent more time living in France, often returning to his home in Broughty Ferry and to visit his extended family in Leeds with whom he was very close. Scarth moved permanently to Yorkshire in 2016 when illness overtook him, where he died in April of the following year.

Obituary provided by Kevin Scarth:
ALWYN SCARTH was born on 4th September 1936, at Morley Hall, Morley, near Leeds, one of the five children of the late Kenneth and Phyllis Scarth. He was educated at Batley Grammar School from 1947-55 and then matriculated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1955 to read Geography, specialising in Geomorphology in his final year. He graduated B.A. in 1958, M.A. in 1962, and Ph.D. in 1962, all at Cambridge. Outwith academic studies he was business manager for the Midnight Howlers (a revue group) and played basketball. He was awarded a David Richards Travel Scholarship from the University in 1956 and studied in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand during 1958-9 then 1960-61. After obtaining his Ph.D. he took up his post as Lecturer in Geography at the University of St Andrews, Queen’s College, Dundee, (becoming University of Dundee in 1967), specialising in Geomorphology, the Geography of France, and American Studies. For a period he was also the Director of American Studies and Transatlantic Student Exchange with universities in Canada and U.S.A. His own research, which involved many years of world travel, focussed primarily on volcanoes. After retiring in 1993 he concentrated on publishing his own works, which included “Volcanoes” (1994), “Savage Earth” (1997) (a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name), “Vulcan’s Fury” (1999), “La Catastrophe” (2002), and “Vesuvius: A Biography” (2009). He also co-authored “Volcanoes of Europe” (2001), a second edition of which has recently been published. Apart from producing his own works, Dr Scarth contributed many papers, reviewed many articles and journals, and also translated works from French into English, including “The Geology of France” (Ed. C Pomerol), (Masson, Paris, 1981) and “The Geology of the Continental Margins” (C.Boillot), (Longman’s, Harlow,

1982). In Dundee, he was very keen on playing squash and often did so with students who became lifelong friends. Dr Scarth formed a deep love of France during his student years and continued to travel there on a regular basis, as well as paying annual visits to Venice and his favourite Greek island. Notwithstanding his extensive travels, he always made time to return to his home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee to refresh his extensive network of friends and former colleagues, who appreciated his sparkling personality, wit, and sense of humour, and to his extended family in Morley, Leeds, with whom he was very close. Dr Scarth finally returned permanently to Morley in January 2016 when illness overtook him, and he died peacefully on 25 April 2017, survived by his siblings, Barrie, Marie, Kevin, and Margaret, their spouses, and his nephews and nieces.

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