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The firm of Alexander Shanks & Sons Ltd of Arbroath, engineers, founders and boiler makers, was incorporated in the year 1893. In the same year, the firm purchased Dens Iron Works, manufacturing a wide variety of products including cranes, hoists, pumps and lawnmowers. In the 1960s the firm was taken over by Giddings & Lewis Fraser Ltd, Engineers, Arbroath.
Alexander Thoms, of the Thoms of Clepington family, was the son-in-law of Matthew Forster Heddle (1862-1884), Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. As a young man Thoms went to Bengal, India, where he remained engaged in estate and plantation business for about thirty years. In 1884 he moved to St Andrews and remained there until his death. He was active in local affairs and a keen supporter of St Andrews Cottage Hospital. In 1884 he was ordained an elder in St Leonard's kirk and was kirk treasurer from 1889-1921. An amateur mineralogist, Thoms presented a valuable collection of stones and minerals to University College, Dundee. He died in 1925 aged 89.
Dr Alec MacQueen, M.B., Ch.B., M.R.C.P.E., was born May 29, 1920, in Alexandria, Egypt. He was educated in Palestine and Fort Augustus Abbey School. In 1950 he joined the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at Queens College, Dundee where he remained for the rest of his academic career. His research interest at first centred on diabetics but he soon became interested in problems of medical ethics such as euthanasia, organ transplants and abortion. His enthusiasm for debate led to the formation of a philosophy and science club centred on Dundee. MacQueen's methods of teaching anticipated later medical trends, in particular his use of clinical problems to demonstrate anatomy and his emphasis on students working independently with audio-visual aids. Alec MacQueen died in 1996.
Stedfast was a magazine by Stedfast Publishers, created for the Boys Brigade. 'Look and Learn was a British weekly educational magazine for children published by Fleetway Publications Ltd from 1962 until 1982. It contained educational text articles that covered a wide variety of topics from volcanoes to the Loch Ness Monster; a long running science fiction comic strip, The Trigan Empire; adaptations of famous works of literature into comic-strip form, such as Lorna Doone; and serialized works of fiction such as The First Men in the Moon. The illustrators who worked on the magazine included Fortunino Matania, John Millar Watt, Peter Jackson, John Worsley, Ron Embleton, Gerry Embleton, C. L. Doughty, Wilf Hardy, Dan Escott, Angus McBride, Oliver Frey, James E. McConnell, Kenneth Lilly, R. B. Davis and Clive Uptton'' Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_and_Learn Treasure was a British educational magazine for young children published by Fleetway Publications which ran for 418 issues published between 19 January 1963 and 16 January 1971. The editor was Arthur Bouchier. Treasure was heavily illustrated in both colour and black & white, the first issue introducing many of the features that were to be popular over the coming years. 'Mr Answers'; 'Peeps Into Nature' was a regular nature page; 'How It Happens' began with an explanation of how the post office worked; 'A Picture to talk about' covered a wide variety of subjects from a visit to a pantomime to a children's hospital; 'Tales from Many Lands' was a series of fairy tales from around the world; and a regular story featuring Tufty Fluffytail, the squirrel created to make children aware of road safety. Other features included 'Adventure Stories from the Bible', 'The Wonderful Story of Britain', illustrated primarily by Peter Jackson, and various puzzle pages. In January 1971, Treasure was incorporated into World of Wonder, which a few years later was itself incorporated into Look and Learn. In November 2004, Treasure was purchased by Look and Learn Magazine Ltd. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_(magazine) Jack and Jill is an American bimonthly magazine for children 6 to 12 years. It features stories and educational activities. Mrs Lyburn purchased the comics for her children for their education and entertainment.
Mrs Norton's family are from Dundee, many of whom worked in the jute mills.
Alfred McDougall was born 22 February 1899. Alfred originally enlisted in the Black Watch at the start of WWI. However, when it was discovered that he had lied about his age, he was discharged in 1916. He later enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders Regiment, and in 1918 was severely injured. Demobilized in 1919, Alfred went on to marry and have a family. He died 13 May 1983.
Dr Alistair Durie was born 4 August 1946. He taught at Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities before moving to the Department of History and Politics at the University of Stirling. His acedemic intersts lay in the linen and tourist industries, as well as banking, railways and transport. He also taught the history of medicine for the Open University. His publications include Scottish Linen Industry (1981), Scotland for the Holidays. A history of Tourism in Scotland (2003) and Water is Best, the Hydros and Health Tourism (2006). Dr Durie died 5 October 2017.
Episcopalians have worshipped at All Souls since 1896. Prior to that, they had gathered at a chapel on the Rossie Estate, near Inchture. Rossie Chapel was used from 1866 until the death of the estate owner, Lord Kinnaird in 1878. Lord Kinnaird's widow, Lady Frances, opened a temporary chapel which was used until the main focus of mission activity moved to Invergowrie, where a temporary building was fitted out as a Church in 1883. By this time plans were well under way to build the present Church, with the first foundation stone being laid in 1892. Lady Frances provided a benefaction for the building of the Church which was dedicated as All Souls in 1896.
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