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Carnoustie Golf Club was formally established in 1842 and is based at what has been described as one of the toughest links courses in the world. Golf is known to have been played at Carnoustie from as early as the 1500s and the club is known to have been in existence for some time before its formal foundation. The club is believed to be among the ten oldest surviving golf clubs in the world.
The Club has produced several first class players and in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many Carnoustie golfers went to the United States where they became professionals. These included the famed Smith brothers. When the Professional Golfers' Association of America was founded in 1916, nearly half of the 82 professional members were from Carnoustie.
A golf course was first laid out at Carnoustie in the 1830s by the publisher Robert Chalmers. The current course was designed by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris in the 1850s and was modified and extended by Morris in the 1860s and redesigned by James Braid in the 1920s. The course has staged the Open Championships several times including in 1999 when Scotland's Paul Lawrie won one of the most dramatic championships. The clubhouse dates from 1898.
In the 1950s and into the 1960s, Whitaker spent time studying and lecturing at Makerere University, Uganda's largest university. His research largely concerned Nigerian elections but also examined (and in many cases visiting), the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanganyika (Tanzania) and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Whitaker's time in Uganda coincided with great political change as a result of growing nationalism and Britain's moves towards decolonisation. Nigeria became the autonomous Federation of Nigeria in 1954 and in October 1958, Britain agreed Nigeria would become an independent state on 1st October 1960. Tanganyika became independent in December 1961 and Uganda held its first elections in 1961, becoming independent in October 1962. In Uganda and Nigeria, early elections and politics were played out along tribal and ethnic lines leading to tension and unrest between the various peoples. It is in this context that Whitaker's work must be viewed.
Whitaker left Uganda in 1962, and went with his family to Chicago on a six month lecture tour, also encompassing Minnesota and Canada. Following this, he spent time travelling between Africa and Britain, first returning to Uganda, followed by some time in Manchester then another stay in Uganda. Some time in Zanzibar followed, leaving just before the 1964 uprising in which African revolutionaries overthrew the Arab-minority led government, murdering up to 20,000 Asian civilians.
He took up a post as a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Dundee in 1964, living in Letham, where he later becoming a local councillor. In the late 1970s and 1980s, he would spend winter lecturing in the USA and Canada, and also travelled to Thailand. He moved to Devon upon his partial retirement, before fully retiring in 1983. Whitaker died in 1988.
The Philip Whitaker collection relates largely to his work in central Africa in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Alwyn Scarth was born 4 September 1936 at Morley Hall, Leeds, and was one of five children. He was educated at Battley Grammar School from 1947-55 and matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1955, where he read Geography. Alwyn specialised in Geomorphology, graduating BA in 1958 and MSc in 1962 . While there, he also won a scholarship to study in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand between 1958-9, 1960-61. This began his lifelong love of the country.
After graduating PhD in 1963, Scarth took up a post of Lecturer in Geography at Queen's College, Dundee, specialising in Geomorphology, the geography of France and American Studies. He was the Director of American Studies at the university for 5 years and also organised the Transatlantic Student Exchange with Canadian and US universities. His own research focussed primarily on volcanoes which saw him spend many years travelling the world.
Scarth took early retirement in 1993, after which he concentrated on publishing his work, including 'Savage Earth' (1997), a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name. Scarth also contributed many papers, reviewed articles and journals and translated work from French into English.
A regular visitor before his retirement, in his later years he spent more time living in France, often returning to his home in Broughty Ferry and to visit his extended family in Leeds with whom he was very close. Scarth moved permanently to Yorkshire in 2016 when illness overtook him, where he died in April of the following year.
Obituary provided by Kevin Scarth:
ALWYN SCARTH was born on 4th September 1936, at Morley Hall, Morley, near Leeds, one of the five children of the late Kenneth and Phyllis Scarth. He was educated at Batley Grammar School from 1947-55 and then matriculated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1955 to read Geography, specialising in Geomorphology in his final year. He graduated B.A. in 1958, M.A. in 1962, and Ph.D. in 1962, all at Cambridge. Outwith academic studies he was business manager for the Midnight Howlers (a revue group) and played basketball. He was awarded a David Richards Travel Scholarship from the University in 1956 and studied in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand during 1958-9 then 1960-61. After obtaining his Ph.D. he took up his post as Lecturer in Geography at the University of St Andrews, Queen’s College, Dundee, (becoming University of Dundee in 1967), specialising in Geomorphology, the Geography of France, and American Studies. For a period he was also the Director of American Studies and Transatlantic Student Exchange with universities in Canada and U.S.A. His own research, which involved many years of world travel, focussed primarily on volcanoes. After retiring in 1993 he concentrated on publishing his own works, which included “Volcanoes” (1994), “Savage Earth” (1997) (a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name), “Vulcan’s Fury” (1999), “La Catastrophe” (2002), and “Vesuvius: A Biography” (2009). He also co-authored “Volcanoes of Europe” (2001), a second edition of which has recently been published. Apart from producing his own works, Dr Scarth contributed many papers, reviewed many articles and journals, and also translated works from French into English, including “The Geology of France” (Ed. C Pomerol), (Masson, Paris, 1981) and “The Geology of the Continental Margins” (C.Boillot), (Longman’s, Harlow,
1982). In Dundee, he was very keen on playing squash and often did so with students who became lifelong friends. Dr Scarth formed a deep love of France during his student years and continued to travel there on a regular basis, as well as paying annual visits to Venice and his favourite Greek island. Notwithstanding his extensive travels, he always made time to return to his home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee to refresh his extensive network of friends and former colleagues, who appreciated his sparkling personality, wit, and sense of humour, and to his extended family in Morley, Leeds, with whom he was very close. Dr Scarth finally returned permanently to Morley in January 2016 when illness overtook him, and he died peacefully on 25 April 2017, survived by his siblings, Barrie, Marie, Kevin, and Margaret, their spouses, and his nephews and nieces.
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John W. Kimber served in the Royal Navy from 24th July 1891 to 31st December 1905. He began as a volunteer and left the Navy with the rank of Petty Officer of the 1st class. Kimber married Ada Jane McKone in Islington around 1903 and they moved to 5 Panmure Place in Broughty Ferry around 1906. The couple had three daughters - one of whom was called Edith - and one son named John (known as Jack) Kimber.
Kimber had trained as an Instructor in Physical Training in Portsmouth in 1904, and achieved his Educational Institute of Scotland certificate in November 1906. He came to work at the University College Dundee for five years as Superintendent of the Fleming Gymnasium. He also worked for the Dundee School Board and the Voluntary Schools of the City.
Kimber enlisted in the army for the First World War. He became a Lieutenant in the 4th/1st Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). In his training for the war he attended the Grenadier School of Instruction at Scone Camp, and also attended the Northern Command School of Instruction. John William Kimber died at Givenchy, on the 11th of May 1918, aged 42. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery in Pas-de-Calais, France.
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It was progressively decommissioned from the late 1980s, closing completely in 2003
In 1970 Butterfield co-founded the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, and was a founder member of the John Muir Trust, set up in 1983, He was a co-founder and first president of the Munro Society and was a part of the successful campaign to extend the Cairngorms National Park further into Perthshire. He became a director of the John Muir Trust and was the fourth person to be given its Lifetime Achievement Award
Mark Rogers was an artist who with Patrick Gallagher and Tony Husband founded Oink! magazine, a subversive and alternative kids' comic with broad appeal. It was published by Fleetway publications between 1986 and 1988, eventually merged with Buster. The founders went on to create the children's TV series Round the Bend.
There's an Oink! Facebook group which Tony Husband and some of the artists post on. OinkComic@groups.facebook.com
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Sources: http://www.scran.ac.uk and https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Bonar_Long_and_Co