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William Taylor Ramsay

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  • fl 1914
William Taylor Ramsay was born in Forfar, but moved to Dundee when he was very young. He worked for Baxter Bros, before becoming caretaker at Arthurstone Branch library. In 1914 he became caretaker at University College, Dundee. His youngest brother served in the Great War and may have been a casualty.

William M. Dow (Bill Dow)

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  • d.2013
William M. Dow (Bill Dow) studied at St Andrews University, and was principal lecturer in Physics and Head of Science at Dundee College of Education (now part of Dundee University). He held a BSc Honours in Physics, an ME in applied maths and was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He served during World War Two as an RAF Radar Officer on airborne equipment. Bill Dow died in 2013.

William Fraser Mitchell

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  • 9 April 1900 -
William Fraser Mitchell was born in Monifieth, Angus, the only son of William Fraser Mitchell and Jane Lawson.
He was a descendant of William Watson, linen weaver, St Vigeans, who was also the great grandfather of Sir Robert Alexander Watson Watt (1892- ), inventor of the radar.
William Fraser first compiled his family history in 1940. This material relates mainly to his mother's family.

Wendy Barrie

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  • fl 2016
Wendy Barrie is the niece of Dorothy Lee (nee Barrie), the wife of poet & journalist, Joseph Lee.

Tom Craigie

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  • 1928-2011
Tom Craigie was educated at St Joseph's Primary and St John's Secondary Schools. He obtained an early apprenticeship in electrical engineering with Drake & Gorham. After serving his two years of National Service he settled into the wholesale electrical trade with Wood & Cairns in King Street, Dundee. Within a few years he became Branch Manager and in 1958 he and his family relocated to Carnoustie. When Wood & Cairns was later acquired by the HAT Group, Tom was appointed Company Director and assumed overall control of their Scottish operations.
In 1983 he set up his own electrical wholesale business, TC Components based in Carnoustie. Though the business was successful they decided to wind it up in 1988 and Tom elected to lend his business experience to David Bottoms in his Ironmongery shop in Peter Street. Tom finally retired around 1996 to spend more time with his wife Ella who had by this time fallen into ill health; she died three years later.
His intense interest in the Dundee and Newtyle Railway started around 2005 following a family discussion. His research gathered momentum and on one occasion he was told by one particular expert around 2009 that, having pieced together so many previously unconnected strands of the story, he was probably by now the foremost authority on the subject. Tom felt strongly that the Dundee and Newtyle Railway was not afforded its proper place in history and that it was ahead of its time in many ways, preceding less innovative but more heralded developments in other parts of the country. He was also keen to highlight the qualities of Charles Landale whom he thought had not been appropriately recognised for his achievements.
The intended outcome of Tom's research was to have been twofold: a book chronicling the history of the railway from conception to demise, detailing Landale's role in particular; and a DVD featuring dramatization of some of the key events during the life of the railway. Due to begin filming some key sequences in the summer of 2011 he tragically passed away suddenly and unexpectedly shortly before this. The research notes are handwritten transcriptions of documents held in a variety of repositories, mainly the University of Dundee Archive Services, Dundee City Archives, Dundee Central Library and the National Archives of Scotland.

Terence Rattigan

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  • 1911-1977
Wrote 'The Browning Version' and many other plays. The film for which these were scripts was 'The VIPs', also known as 'Hotel International', with an all-star cast including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was released in 1963.

Ted Poletyllo

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  • 1949-
Born in St. Andrews (Craigton) 1949 and most associated with Auchtermuchty, Fife. He was one of Scotland's finest traditional singers and won several competitions. He was a janitor at the University.

Stuart Donald

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  • fl 2008-
Stuart Donald, honorary Archivist for the Diocese of Brechin. Formerly a Trustee and Lay Representative and also the Secretary to the Trustees of St Andrew's Cathedral, Stuart Donald is also engaged in freelance research into the historiography of the Scottish Episcopal Church, including 'The Incumbents of St Andrew's Chapel and Church, Aberdeen, 1723-1909, Vol 1' which was published privately by Mr Donald and the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney.

Stewart MacIntyre Abbot

  • Person
  • fl 1910 - fl 1934
In the early 20th century, Stewart Abbot worked as a mechanic at Harry Walker, Caldrum Works Dundee, and by the 1920s had moved to John Sharp and Sons in Dundee. By the 1930s Abbott moved to Titaghar, India where he also enrolled in the Auxilliary Force India

Sir William Nicoll

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  • 1927-2016

Born in Dundee, Sir William Nicoll was an only child. Growing up in a tenement, his father was a joiner. He attended Morgan Academy, then won a scholarship to University College, Dundee, which was then part of the University of St Andrews.
Nicoll passed the civil service exams and moved to London in 1949 to join the Board of Trade. Married Helen Morison in 1954, at the same time he became Editor of The Reel, a post he held in 1954 and 1955. The next year he was posted to Calcutta as trade commissioner, cutting short his editorship. Within ten years he had risen to become private secretary to Douglas Jay, the Labour heavyweight whom Harold Wilson had appointed president of the Board of Trade.
From there Nicoll was seconded to the Foreign Office and served 20 years as one of the UK's senior men in Brussels. He became familiar with the French language and had a narrow escape from an IRA letter bomb while there.

Nicoll rose to become Director General of the Council of the European Communities, and was knighted in 1992. In retirement, he lectured, edited the European Business Journal, wrote books on the European Union and advised candidate countries hoping to join it.

Sir William was a lifelong teetotaller, and keen Scottish country dancer.

Sir William A. Craigie

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  • 1867-1957
Sir William A. Craigie (1867-1957) was a Scottish born philologist and a lexicographer. It was during his time as the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary that he first proposed the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue in 1919. The first volume was published in 1937 and the last in 2002 taking 65 years to complete the project.

Simon Belmont

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Simon Belmont is a comics collector and enthusiast. He studied at the University of Dundee and now lives in Bristol. He regularly attends comics events across the UK and those run by University of Dundee and Dundee Creative Comics, returning to Dundee regularly.

Sheena Wellington

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  • b1944-
Sheena Wellington is Scotland's foremost traditional Scottish singer. Born and bred in Dundee, Sheena's career has seen her perform at the opening ceremony of the first Scottish parliament in 1999. A proud Dundonian, Sheena is active in the community, keeping the Dundee dialect and voice alive through singing. She is heavily involved with the Wighton Collection and Loadsa Weemin' Singin, a local singing group.

Sabine Price

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  • 1926-2019
Sabine Price, nee Schweitzer, was born in 1926 in Berlin. Although her maternal grandfather had been chief mayor of Berlin, in 1939 her father was interned in Sachsenhausen concentration camp because his family had been Jewish before converting to Christianity. Luckily he managed to get out and emigrated to England with two of her siblings. But her mother, two other siblings and Sabine were unable to leave before the war started and so the family was separated for seven years. Living as a half-Jewish child under Hilter, she was forced to leave school early, and during the fighting at the end of the war their house was fire-hosed by the Russians and they only just escaped in time. At 18, having lost her home, she witnessed the horrors of the end of the war, but amazingly her family all survived and were later reunited in England. Sabine has written a short piece about what it felt like to be a half-Jewish child at this time; you can read it here:
After art school in England, she became a children's illustrator. She was a great champion of childhood; she had experienced her own childhood incredibly intensely, and I believe that her reassuring, comforting illustrations for children were a reaction to her own family life, fractured as it was by the rise of Hitler and the war. She died aged 93, in 2019.

Rosa Michaelson

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  • fl 1986-2014
Rosa Michaelson was a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Business, University of Dundee. She worked in academia for over 30 years, with experiences as a research associate on several projects in different disciplines, including Electrical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Mechanical Engineering. Her first job in the University was in Mechanical Engineering (1986-88), her second post was 1990-2005 (Fellow in Business Computing in the Department of Accountancy and Business Finance), and she became senior lecturer in 2005. Rosa also managed department computing systems before becoming a lecturer in computer science. She was a founder member of Women in Computing (1984 onwards), and had a 40% secondment as the SHEFC Gender Equality co-ordinator from 2000-2003. In 2011 Rosa was awarded a PhD by the Institute of Education London; the topic was a socio-technical investigation of 30 years of educational technology adoption in higher education. She supervised postgraduates at both the masters and doctoral level. Rosa was active in the DAUT (Dundee Association of University Teachers). She retired in 2014.

Ronald Buchanan McCallum

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  • 1898-1973
Ronald Buchanan McCallum was born in Paisley. A British historian, he was a fellow, then the Master of Pembroke College,Oxford, where he taught Modern History and Politics. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in honor of his chairmanship of the Academic Advisory Committee which examined and supported the founding of University of Dundee in 1967

Ron McHoul

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  • fl 1966-
Ron McHoul attended Dundee High School and was a student at the University of Dundee. He studied at the School of Architecture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He is Director of Nicoll Russell Studios, the architect's practice based in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Roger Leitch

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  • 195? -
Ethnologist Roger Leitch started making fieldwork recordings as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh in the early 1980s. As a graduate, he worked with the School of Scottish Studies. He has recorded and transcribed interviews with people living in the Highlands and Islands, people involved in seasonal work and the travelling community

Robert Paterson

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  • fl 1967-
Robert Paterson arrived to work at the University of Dundee just two months before it was officially declared independent of St Andrews. He was employed by the Estates and Buildings service where he remained for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He became the holder of the first identity card for the University after stopping to enquire about the photographic and other equipment being set up; he was then asked to be the first to try it.

Robert N.M. Robertson

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  • 15 March 1915-6 February 1991
Robertson was born in Canada and grew up in Rothsey. He attended Glasgow University as a law student and later served with the army in India and took part in the Normandy landing during the Second World War.
He was appointed as an administrator to the Medical School at St Andrews in 1945 and later left to become the Secretary of the University of Southampton. He became Secretary and Registrar of Queen’s College, Dundee in 1966 and continued as Secretary of the University of Dundee from its foundation in 1967 until 1973. It is recognised that he played a major role in its development during the 20th century.

Robert N. M. Robertson M.A. LL.B

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  • 15 March 1915-6 February 1991
Robert N. M. Robertson was born in Canada nd grew up in Rothsey. He attended Glasgow University as a law student and later served with the army in India and took part in the Normandy landing during the Second World War.
He was appointed as an administrator to the Medical School at St Andrews in 1945 and later left to become the Secretary of the University of Southampton. As the Secretary of the University of Dundee it is recognised that he played a major role in its development during the 20th century. Robertson was Secretary and Registrar of Queen's College, Dundee, and subsequently Secretary of the University of Dundee, as well as Joint Local Honorary Secretary of the British Association at the time of the 1968 Annual Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. In these roles Mr. Robertson was heavily involved in the organisation and planning of the meeting.

Robert H S Robertson

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  • 17 June 1911-7 July 1999
Robert Hugh Stannus Robertson FGS FRSE was a 20th-century Scottish chemist and authority on clay minerals.
He was born in Greenwich east of London, the son of Sir Robert Robertson and educated at Rugby School. He then studied Chemistry at Cambridge University graduating MA around 1930. On graduating he spent some time mapping Dicksonland in Spitzbergen where the glacier Robertsonbreen is named after him.
In 1933 he became the Chief Chemist at Fullers Earth Union Ltd in Surrey then in 1944 moved to Glasgow. In 1958 Robertson moved to Pitlochry where he lived for the rest of his life. His field work was varied and worldwide, including, field work in Iran (Kermanshah, Spain, Greece, and the US, and the United Kingdom.
In 1969 he founded the Robertson Resource Use Institute in Pitlochry and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh a year later.

Robert F Knight

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  • fl 1973-
Robert Frederick Knight attended the University of Dundee from 1973 until 1977 and was President of the University of Dundee Scottish Nationalist Association. After graduating from the University of Dundee with an MA (Hons) in Politics he worked in Community Education and later as a self-employed handyperson. He is also Coordinator for the Scots Remembrance Society.
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