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Dundee Royal Infirmary

  • Corporate body
  • 1782-1998

Dundee Royal Infirmary had its origins in the Voluntary Dispensary founded in the city by public subscription in 1782. This proved so beneficial to the community that in 1793 Dr. Small proposed that an Infirmary for indoor patients should be founded. His proposal was realised in 1798, when the first 56-bed Dundee Infirmary was erected at King Street. Only the central portion was built at the time, the wings being erected in 1825-27. The Infirmary was granted a Royal Charter by George III in 1819, establishing it into a Body Corporate and Politic, called the "Dundee Royal Infirmary and Asylum". In 1820 the Asylum was formally established as a separate entity in premises in Albert Street, Dundee.

By the mid nineteenth century the King Street premises were no longer adequate and in 1852 building started on a new site in Barrack Road, near Dudhope Castle. Designed by Messrs. Coe & Godwin of London, it was completed and opened in February 1855, when patients were transferred from King Street. Originally constructed to accommodate 220 patients, later additions were made and the hospital began to diversify its services with new children's, ear and eye, ear nose and throat wards and an out patient clinic. The infirmary was granted further Royal Charters in 1877 and 1898 - the former on the occasion of the opening of a convalescent home at Barnhill and the latter providing for the addition of a maternity hospital.

In July 1948 the running of the Infirmary was transferred to the National Health Service in accordance with the 1947 National Health Service (Scotland) Act. The hospital closed in 1998, after all services were transferred to Ninewells Hospital.

David Hopwood

  • Person
  • 7th April 1936 - 14th February 2016
Dr David Hopwood grew up around Leeds and Manchester, obtaining a BSc in Anatomy at Leeds in 1954 and a postgraduate degree in Pathology. He later became lecturer of Anatomy at St Andrew's Queens College from 1962 - 1968, later becoming Reader and Consultant in Pathology at the University of Dundee and Ninewells Hospital from 1972 until his retirement in 1998. Dr Hopwood became a painter in his retirement, attending Dundee Art College on Graham Street to study Fine Art. Dr Hopwood died on the 14th February 2016.

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.

Lord George Robertson

  • Person
  • 12th April 1946 -

Born in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland.

Robertson completed his education at Dunoon Grammar School and Queen's College, Dundee. During his time at Queen's College, it transitioned to the University of Dundee, with Robertson being one of the first graduates in 1968. He was also one of the minority of graduates that year who decided to take a Dundee degree over a St. Andrews one.

His time at University, Robertson's student life was extensive. He wrote a column for the student newspaper, 'Annasach' (launched 1967), which he used to promote the new University and encourage other students to take a University of Dundee degree over a St. Andrews degree.

Robertson was also highly involved in student protests. In 1968, he was one of a number of Dundee students who invaded the St. Andrews' rugby pitch during a match between St. Andrews and the Orange Free State to protest against Apartheid. The same year, Robertson expressed his opposition to proposed cuts by the government in student grants, by organising a 24-hour work-in by students in the university library.

Robertson went on to partake in a political career in the Labour Party. His roles include: being a Member of Parliament (1978-1999), Member of the House of Lords (2000), Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (1993-1997), Secretary of State for Defence (1997-1999), and the 10th Secretary General of NATO (1999-2003).

He has received numerous honours for his time in the political sector.

Andy Forrester

  • Person
Andy Forrester studied at the University of Glasgow and graduated with an MA hons in History. He is a historian, TV journalist, and business author, and once stood as a candidate for the Labour party He is also an award-winning producer for the BBC and Channel 4.

Eric Baillie

  • Person
  • Fl. 1960s to present
Eric Baillie was a student at the University of Dundee studying maths from 1968 - 1972. He was also a member of the Dundee University operatic Society. After university he was a maths teacher at a variety of schools across Dundee and was very active in educational trade unions.

Dr John Berry

  • Person
  • 1907 - 2002
Dr John Berry was born in Edinburgh and educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge. After gaining a PhD at the University of St Andrews he pursued a career in zoology and biology, working for the Fishery Board of Scotland, the Biological Research Station at University College, Southampton, and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board. In the course of his work he gained an international reputation, and travelled extensively, publishing papers and articles on freshwater fisheries, hydroelectric development and ornithology. During his career he was also consultant ecologist for the Scottish Landowners' Federation, a leading member of the Scottish Marine Biology Association, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Wildfowl Research Bureau. Between 1949 and 1967 he was director of Nature Conservation in Scotland. Dr Berry also had strong links with the University of Dundee, and was awarded an honorary LL.D there in 1970, and an honorary DSc from St Andrews in 1991. Dr Berry lived at Tayfield Estate in Newport, which has been owned by the Berry family since the end of the 18th Century. He died in February 2002 at the age of 95.

Robert Berry

  • Person
  • 22nd April 1868 - 27th February 1960
Robert Berry was born 22nd April 1868, the son of John Berry of Tayfield, an advocate, and his wife, Margaret Higgins Burn-Murdoch. He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, and in 1902 he married Dorothy, daughter of Arthur Bryans of Woodmansterne, Surrey. Robert was a railway engineer who during his career worked on Waverley Station, Edinburgh, and the Highland Railway that ran between Carrbridge and Inverness. He also spent time as a civil engineer working on the Madras and South Mahratta Railway, India 1896-1913. During the First World War he served as a Captain with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1914-1919. He was wounded and from 1919 onwards he lived at Chesterhill House, Newport on Tay, Fife, until about 1958 when he was moved to Seamills Cottage, Newport on Tay. His wife died in 1948 and he died 27th February 1960.
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