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Alex Coupar

  • MS 258
  • 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.

Lillian Flannagan

  • GB 252
  • Person
  • early 20th - ?
Lillian Flannagan, nee Merrylees was born in the UK c 1912. Her mother was Canadian, Louisa Merrylees, who had come to the UK in 1911 after her son was born in 1910. Lillian was a member of the Lancashire Women’s Cricket Team. She was also a member of the Women’s cricket association. She married after the 2nd WW and actually went to live in Canada because her husband got a job there. Her married name was Flannagan – both she and her husband died quite a number of years ago (written in 2019), but the family are still in Canada.

Louisa Merrylees

  • GB 252
  • Person
  • late 19th-20th century
Louisa Merrylees was born in Canada. She was a widow when she met and married her second husband in 1909. He was Scottish, from Aberdeen/Shetlands and working in Canada. She had a son born in Canada in 1910 and the family came to the UK in 1911. She had a daughter, Lillian , who was born shortly after that. Her son's son was Neil Merrylees who worked as a lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee.
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