Professor Margaret Fairlie, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Margaret Fairlie was born in 1891 at a farm on the outskirts of Arbroath. Her studies started in 1910 when she enrolled to at the Conjoint Medical School at University College, Dundee. Following her graduation in 1915, Dr Fairlie held various junior posts in Dundee, Perth, Manchester and Edinburgh. She returned to Dundee in 1919 to run a consultant practice for gynaecology, started teaching at the Medical School in the following year and joined the staff at Dundee Royal Infirmary. She also served as a visiting Gynaecologist throughout Angus and Perthshire. Known affectionately as ‘Madam’ by co...

R D Low, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Born in Dundee in 1895, Robert Duncan Low’s career started with the publishing house of D C Thomson, Dundee. During this time he launched the story papers Adventure 1921; The Rover 1922; The Wizard 1923; The Skipper 1930 and The Hotspur 1933. Story papers featuring illustrations and text were marketed at children and teenagers and highly popular before the outbreak of the Second World War. In collaboration with comic artist Dudley D Watkins, with Low as writer, the duo created a comic supplement for The Sunday Post - The Fun Section in 1936. This is where the mischievous Oor Wullie and the lovable ch...

Mary Lily Walker, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Mary Lily Walker was born in Dundee and was a student at University College where she studied Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Latin. An excellent student, her focus was to shift from academia as she became more aware of the plight of the poor within the local community. Ignited by the desire to better understand the causes and consequences of poverty, Walker spent time in London working under Octavia Hill. Hill had published a book on the houses of the London poor in the 1880s. Walker also spent time with The Grey Ladies, whose settlement inspired her to set up one in her home city. So on her return to Dunde...

Michael Peto photographs: politics in focus

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh is hosting the new Michael Peto photographic exhibition 'Politics in Focus'. Peto's powerful black and white photographs provide a dramatic portrait of world leaders, British politicians and political activists of the 1950s and 60s - a period of Cold War tension, emerging democracies and cultural and social change in the UK. This free exhibition runs for a month from 22 July. Michael Peto was one of the leading photojournalists of his generation; he travelled across Europe and Asia photographing social issues, political figures and performers from the arts. For over twe...

James F Riley, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

James F Riley is to be honoured in a bronze plaque at the City’s Discovery Walk later this year. Here we look at Dr Riley’s connection to the University and touch upon the impact his research into the mast cell continues to have on society today. James F Riley was born in Yorkshire in 1912. He came to Scotland to study medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating with honours in 1935. During the Second World War he was an assistant surgeon in the Scottish Emergency Medical Service then served as a Surgical Specialist commanding a mobile surgical unit in the Far East. Having developed an interes...