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A. S. Cumming

  • Person
  • ff 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-

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 has produced several collections of verse, and is 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 has been 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 is 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.

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 Sanderson

  • Person
  • ff 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.

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.

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 Don Carney

  • Person
  • ff 2003-2006
Carney was the first to receive a PhD by public output. His research specialism is the Doric dialect of NE Scotland. He has contributed to television programmes in the UK and the US. He is currently (2006) a lecturer on Hotel Tourism and Retail Management at Robert Gordon University.

Dr James F. Riley

  • Person
  • 1912-1985
Dr James F. Riley was born in Settle, Yorkshire. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where he graduated with Honours in 1935, obtaining his F.R.C.S.E. in 1938.
From 1939 to 1944 he was an assistant surgeon in the Scottish Emergency Medical Service, and later served as a surgical specialist commanding a mobile surgical unit in the Far East. On returning, he wrote his M.D. thesis "Experiments in Carcinogenesis 1939-1944".
In 1948 he obtained the Diploma in Medical Radiotherapy and was appointed as Consultant Radiotherapist at Dundee Royal Infirmary, and in 1950 became a reader in the Department of Radiotherapy.
From 1975-1977 Riley was a research fellow at The University of Dundee. Dr Riley's research was devoted to the study of the Mast Cell, discovering the origin of histamine, work that has stimulated further research world-wide.
Recognising his international significance, Dr Riley was appointed as a visiting Professor at the University of Montreal where he was awarded the Claude Bernard Medal, as well as being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Dr James Rorie

  • Person
  • 1838-1911
James Rorie was 4 April 1838 in Arbroath and educated at Arbroath Academy. In 1855 he began studying at Edinburgh University as a medical student graduating in 1859 as a Doctor of Medicine. In the same year he also received a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons. He then began working in the old Dundee Asylum and was appointed Superintendent in 1860. Throughout his life Dr Rorie was an important member of the Glasite Church and in 1872 married Margaret Baxter with whom he raised a family. He was later involved in the building of the new asylum at Westgreen, Liff which eventually became the Royal Dundee Liff Hospital. In 1891 Dr Rorie was appointed lecturer on Mental Diseases in the Medical Department at Dundee University College. He died in 1911.

Dr John S. G. Blair

  • Person
  • 1928-
John Samuel Greene Blair OBE, TD, D. Litt, ChM, FRCS, FRCP was one of three children of George Blair (1886-1961).
He was educated at Dundee High School, and was the Dux of the School in 1946. After leaving school he studied medicine at the University of St Andrews, and was later awarded a BA by the University London.
During National Service, Dr Blair served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1952 until 1955. He subsequently had extensive service in the Territorial Army, and was appointed Honorary Colonel of 225 (Highland) Field Ambulance RAMC in 1982. He later served as Chairman of the British Medical Association's Armed Forces Committee.
Dr Blair was Consultant Surgeon at Perth Royal Infirmary from 1965 until 1990, also serving as Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Dundee. In 2004, he was appointed as an Honorary Senior Clinical Teacher, Division of Medicine & Therapeutics at the University of Dundee. He had previously been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecture, and later Honorary Reader, in the School of Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of St. Andrews.
He has served as Captain of the Royal Perth Golfing Society & County and City Club. He is also Vice-President Emeritus of the International Society for the History of Medicine and a member of the University of Dundee Medical History Museum committee. He is an expert on the history of medicine and has been chairman of both the British Society for the History of Medicine and the Scottish Society for the History of Medicine. He is the author of several books and articles on medical history. He has also served as President of the Perth branch of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland. Dr Blair married Ailsa Jean Bowes MBE in 1953 and the couple have two sons, and one daughter.

Dr Mary Young

  • Person
  • 1948 - 2010
Born in Cumbria, and with a background in sheep farming, Mary was a mature student at Dundee University, graduating in English and History. Her doctoral thesis 'Rural Society in Scotland from the Restoration to the Union' was completed in 2004. She led an oral history project at Abernyte which examined social change in the 20th century and where she was an active member of the community. Her publications were wide and varied, including 'Scottish crop yields in the second half of the seventeenth century: evidence from the Mains of Castle Lyon in the Carse of Gowrie' in Agricultural History Review (2007) and co-author of ' Battered but Unbowed: Dundee c1603-1727' in the publication 'Dundee 1600-1800'. Mary also worked as part of the University Archive's teaching team, specialising in 17th century Scots palaeography and where she was also responsible for cataloguing the Glamis Castle muniments on behalf of the Earl of Strathmore. She also taught the interdisciplinary M.Litt course, Women, Culture and Society. Through her background in early modern social and economic history she also contributed to the Maritime Environment module of the MRes in Environmental History run in conjunction with the University of Stirling.

Dr Stuart Watson McGowan

  • Person
  • 1929-2010

Dr Stuart Watson McGowan was born in 1929, Bothwell, Glasgow and died in 2010, Dundee aged 80. Dr McGowan married Mabel Wilson in 1966, Dundee.

In 1969, Dr McGowan was a lecturer in Anaesthesia at the University of Dundee and from 1972 became a Senior Lecturer until 1992.

Dr McGowan was Honorary Secretary of the North-East of Scotland Society of Anaesthetists (1964-66). Council member of The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine (1990-92).

Dr William Maxwell Jamieson

  • Person
  • ?- August 1994
Dr William Maxwell Jamieson O.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.P. (Ed.), F.F.C.M., D.P.H., took up duty as Senior R.M.O. at King's Cross Hospital, Dundee, in 1939, and apart from service with the R.A.F., 1944-1947, he stayed there until his retirement in 1979. He had been promoted to Physician Superintendent in 1948, and also headed the University's Department of Communicable (Infectious) Diseases. He headed the organising committee for the centenary celebrations of Dundee Medical School in 1987.

E. Waymouth Reid

  • Person
  • 1862-1948
EDWARD WAYMOUTH REID was born in Canterbury, graduated from Cambridge with a Natural Sciences degree in 1883, subsequently qualifying in medicine at St Bartholomew's, London in 1885. He was appointed Professor of Physiology at Dundee in 1889, and unsuccessfully applied for the Chairs at Edinburgh in 1899, and at Glasgow in 1908. He remained in Dundee until his retirement in 1935.
His research was primarily upon physical and physico-chemical methods applied to physiological problems. He had an accomplished amateur interest in photography and experimented with early colour processes and stereo-photography. It is not surprising that he became interested in Rontgen's work. In Reid's paper to the Scottish Medical & Surgical Journal of 1897, he wrote : "The early X-rays shadow pictures were a real delight. We groped for swallowed teeth within the entrails of criminals supplied by the Bell Street authorities, and located bullets within the skulls of living men. The very idea of transparency in what we had always considered opaque was a stimulant to a photographer." In the event, Reid's interest in x-ray photography was short-lived, a matter of good fortune for him. As it was, he did suffer from over-exposure - 'Professor Kuenen, who in those days himself made all the college vacuum tubes, was my colleague in the sport. In his attempts to get a picture of a fountain pen in the pocket of my waistcoat worn front to back, he succeeded in damaging a good square foot of the varnish of my casing, though luckily the insulation of my field coils held out, and I can still command enough amperes to electrolyse a lobster mayonnaise.' SMSJ, 1897. In 1897, Reid subjected himself to 4 exposures of 20 to 90 minutes each over a period of 4 days, resulting in severe dermatitis and loss of hair for a prolonged period.
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