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Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell, poet, was born in Glasgow and educated at the Grammar School and University of his home city. After a brief period as a tutor in Mull, where he learned to love highland scenery, he went to Edinburgh to study law and there began to do miscellaneous literary work for the publishers Mundell & Co. He first gained fame by producing in 1799, at the age of twenty one, his principal poem 'The Pleasures of Hope'. His other longer poems are 'Gertrude of Wyoming' (1809), 'O'Connor's Child' (1809) and 'Theodoric' (1824). During a tour of the continent (1800-1801) Campbell produced some of his best known minor works and war lyrics such as 'Ye Mariners of England'. In addition to poems and lyrics, he also wrote various compilations, including Annals of Great Britain, covering part of the reign of George III and was a distinguished critic. From 1820 to 1830 he was editor of the New Monthly Magazine. After his marriage in 1803, Campbell settled in London, and in 1805 was granted a government pension for life. Around 1824 Campbell began agitating for a London University, the ideal for which was drawn from his visits to the continent, and he was one of the founders of University College. His interest in education as well as his eminence as an author were recognised by the students of Glasgow University, who elected him Lord Rector three times in succession between 1826-1829, the third time over no less a rival than his friend Sir Walter Scott. Campbell was also a great believer in the right of freedom and was a strong supporter of the Polish cause all his adult life. He died in Boulogne and is buried in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner.

Thomson Family

John Thomson married Jeannie, the daughter of John Watt and A. Dickie while her younger sister, Mary Taylor Watt married James Blackburn, the son of James and Margaret Wilson, in 1922.

Ronald Farquharson

Ronald Farquharson, M.I.C.E., B.Sc was a Chartered Civil Engineer who studied at University College, Dundee before graduating from St Andrew's University. He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps (1936-1940). As an officer in the Royal Engineers he served in India, Burma and the Far East during World War II. He was the Resident Engineer for the construction of Queen Elizabeth Wharf at Dundee Harbour in the early 1950s and wrote the history of the Harbour for the 1951 Harbour Handbook. After the completion of Queen Elizabeth Wharf in 1954 (now the site of new housing), Mr Farquharson worked as a consulting engineer. He returned to Dundee Harbour as Port Engineer in 1971 where he remained until his retirement in 1985 at the age of 65. Photographs were taken for strategic purposes during the Cold War and retained by Mr Farquharson as engineer to the Defence Planning Group.

Neil Clark

Mr Neil Clark was an employee of ICI for many years. After serving in the Marines during WW2 he returned to ICI initially at Winsford (a salt town) and later at Winnington near Northwich which was the regional headquarters of ICI at that time.

Mr Charles Lorimer

Charles Lorimer was an employee of the Northbrook and Kinnison Jute Mill Companies, India.

Mr John Morris

Items relating to Mr Morris' employment in India

Professor Swinfen, History Department of the University of Dundee

The Bengal Project was initiated by the History Department in 1993, with the purpose of providing a picture of the lives of Scottish people employed in India prior to the 1960's. Project leaders David Swinfen and Chris Whatley invited those with any relevant material to donate the material to the University and also arranged to record the reminsences of those who lived and worked in Bengal.

The Smith family of Dundee

Several generations of the Smith family were fleshers, and free burgesses and Guild Brothers of Dundee. The most recent member of the family referred to in the documents is George Henderson Smith, who is in one of the photographs of men meeting the Duke of York.

North Tayside Conservative and Unionist Association

The North Tayside Conservative and Unionist Association was formed in the early 1980s following the creation of the North Tayside Parliamentary Constituency. North Tayside was made up of parts of the former Kinross and West Perthshire, Perth and East Perthshire and South Angus County Constituencies, all three of which had been won by Conservative candidates at the previous general election (1979). The North Tayside Association absorbed several branches from the former Kinross and West Perthshire, Perth and East Perthshire and South Angus Conservative and Unionist Associations. The seat was first contested at the General Election of 1983, and was won by the Conservative candidate Bill Walker (who had been MP for Perth and East Perthshire 1979-1983). Walker held the seat until 1997 when he was defeated by the SNP's John Swinney. The seat was abolished ahead of the 2005 General Election and the Association was dissolved. It was succeeded by Perth and North Perthshire and Angus Conservative and Unionist Associations

John T Ward

Professor John Towers Ward was a lecturer in History at Queen's College, Dundee from 1956 until 1963. He then moved to the soon to be established University of Strathclyde. In 1974 he became the first Professor of Modern History at Strathclyde. He was an expert in labour history and the factory movement and contributed a chapter on Dundee Trade Unionism to the The Third Statistical Account for Scotland:City of Dundee (1979). He died in 1987.

Ronald Paterson Doig

Ronald Paterson Doig was a lecturer in English at Queen's College Dundee and St Andrews University from 1962 until 1982.

Alistair Durie

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.

John McShane

John McShane is one of the founding members of one of the longest running comics societies in Europe, which still meets every month in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The group spawned the acclaimed and much quoted magazine AKA, regular comic marts, and a comic convention among whose guests were Marv Wolfman and Will Eisner. With his business partners, John went on to create AKA Books & Comics, the shop Mark Millar says got him addicted to the medium. The shop continues under the name A1, whilst John now co-runs Plan B Books, Glasgow's first dedicated graphic novel shop. John and George Jackson (of the group Ossian) created Fat Man Press to publish the ever-popular The Bogie Man by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Robin Smith. John was also appointed publisher of Trident Comics and helped found the original Toxic. He is also the creator of the comic strip Jimmy the Zombie and has written a number of essays, reviews, and short stories, as well as several short films.
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