Collection MS 141 - Papers of the Paton and Dingwall Families, Dundee

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MS 141


Papers of the Paton and Dingwall Families, Dundee


  • c 1900-1996 (Creation)

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0.38 linear metres

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George Turner Paton was born in Dundee in 1887. He was briefly a mill worker, but volunteered for the navy in 1902 at the age of 15, reaching the rank of Leading Seaman by the time of his death; he was killed in action when his ship, HMS Mary Rose, sank in 1917. During the First World War his brothers Bertie and Joseph were in the British Expeditionary Forces. George married Mary Crowlie, in 1913, with whom he had two children, Bertie S Paton Jnr, born in 1916, and Mary Rose Paton, known as May, who was born in 1918. May Paton married James Lyall, a relative of her mother's, in 1943 and the couple adopted a son William Crowlie Lyall, who was born in 1944. May died in 1973 and her husband died in 1994. After George's death, Mary married his younger brother, Bertie S Paton Snr, by whom she had two more children, Betsy Stewart Paton, born in 1923 and Martha Kyles Paton, born in 1926. Mary died in 1963. Bertie Jnr was, like other family members, actively involved in the Boys' Brigade both as a child and as an adult. He was also an active Freemason, as was his stepfather, Bertie Snr, before him. From 1950 he worked as a machine setter for the National Cash Register Company (N.C.R.), and he continued in this job for over 25 years. He died in 1993. Bertie S Paton Jnr married Helen Thomson Weasenham in 1939. Helen was a sweet factory worker who died in 1996. The couple had two children: Sheila Rose Paton, born in 1940 and Bertie Stewart Paton, known as Stewart, born in 1942. Stewart Paton, worked as a baker. He married Margaret Hayes in 1963 and the couple had one son, also called Bertie Stewart Paton, who was born in 1964. Sheila was educated at Hawkhill Primary School and was employed as a ladies' hairdresser. She was involved in keep fit to music classes and was a member of, and qualified course leader for, the Scottish Women's Keep Fit Association. In 1962 she married David Dingwall, who was also involved in the Boys' Brigade and was employed as an ironmonger. The couple had two sons, David, born in 1962, and Ian, born in 1964.

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Family correspondence 1930-1956; photographs [c 1900-1970]; ration books 1953-1954; ephemera [c 1900-1990]; records of George Turner Paton 1902-1917; records of Bertie Paton Jnr, including school records, employment 1929-1975; records of Helen Thomson Paton 1953-1969; records of Sheila Dingwall including elocution lessons, Scottish Women's Keep Fit Association 1949-1983; records of David Dingwall, including memoirs of his army training in 1954; records of Paton/Dingwall involvement in Boys Brigade 1926-1956; artefacts [c 1902-1982]


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper and parchment and include photographs and artefacts

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MS 141

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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