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Air Ministry

The Air Ministry was a department of the Government of the United Kingdom with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the Royal Air Force, that existed from 1918 to 1964. It was under the political authority of the Secretary of State for Air. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Ministry

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

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Sharp

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.

Alex S Davie

Alex S Davie started studying medicine at University College Dundee in 1931 and graduated in 1936. Alex was a doctor then changed his careeer to dentistry. Family say the change came after a serious incident before the War which influenced him. Alex had the dental practice at 121 Nethergate, taken over from his neice's grandfather, also a dentist.

Alexander Burn-Murdoch

Alexander Burn-Murdoch was an Edinburgh solicitor whose hobby was photography, particularly the taking of autochrome stereoscopic slides. He pioneered stereoscopy with Lumière plates and was a member of L'Association de Lumière in 1911. He was born 21 August 1886, the fifth son of John Burn-Murdoch of Gartincaber, Perthshire and Mary Harriet Burn Callander of Prestonhall, Midlothian. Burn-Murdoch was commissioned in the 8th Royal Scots, serving in France and Ireland during WW1. In 1929 he married Aline, the daughter of Rev WJ Macdonald of Kirkaldy and the widow of Cecil Blake. As Writer to the Signet, Burn-Murdoch lived in Edinburgh, but also kept a house at Boat of Garten

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 Henderson & Son Ltd

Alexander Henderson & Son Ltd, Spinners were a jute-spinning firm based in Dundee, Scotland. The company was established in 1833. Their centre of operations was the South Dudhope Works in the city's Smellie's Lane. By 1865 the Works included a mill and a factory, the latter housing some 85 power looms. The company eventually became a subsidiary of Low Brothers & Co (Dundee) Ltd, and was included in that company's amalgamation with Don Brothers, Buist & Co Ltd in 1960.

Alexander Hutcheson

Alexander Hutcheson lived at Herschel House, Broughty Ferry. He was an amateur antiquary and a pioneer in the study of old Scottish song-books.

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.

Alexander P. Stevenson

Alexander P. Stevenson was interested in the naturalist John Ray (1627-1705)
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