- Occupation for web*: Douglas was Consultant Physician, Dundee.
- (Witness) Photograph: He was also christened in this gown at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, along with Margaret Kinnear Adamson, James Kinnear Adamson MA. The 'Adamson' christening gown, sewn by 'the girls' from Henderson & MacKay where Georgina (Key) Adamson was a tailoress before her marriage.1
- Birth*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was born on 5 February 1915 at 11 Baxter Park terrace (one stair up & left door), Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1915 births in the district of St Andrew in the burgh of Dundee, ref 229; Douglas George Adamson born 1915 February Fifth 8h 10m am at 11 Baxter Park Terrace Dundee, male parents James Kinnear Adamson assistant school teacher and Georgina Adamson ms Key m 1908 August 21st Dundee, signed Jas K Adamson father present, registered 1915 February 23rd at Dundee signed Jas Murray registrar.3,4
- Baptism: He was baptised after 5 February 1915 at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; by F R Moir, provost.5
- He was the son of James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key.
- (Witness) Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1917 along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, Margaret Kinnear Adamson and James Kinnear Adamson MA.6
- (Witness) Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1917 along with Annie Gibson Ford, Jane Duncan Ford, Edith Margaret Ford, Archibald Hall Ford, Wilhelmina Ford, Margaret Kinnear Adamson and James Kinnear Adamson MA Ford and Adamson cousins.7
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1923 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, school photo.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1924 Douglas lands his first salmon.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1926 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, school photo.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in July 1928 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, Daily Record Empire Free Travel and Scholarship Scheme Medal of Honour awarded to Douglas Adamson for work of merit, July 1928.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken on 20 October 1928 Midland Counties Amateur Swimming Association Boy's Champion.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken on 26 October 1928 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, Dundee Schoolboys Life Saving Championship.6
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article MORGAN ACADEMY SPORTS: Junior Champion's Runaway Victory
The seventh annual sports meeting of Morgan Academy, Dundee, was held at the recreation grounds, Forfar Road, yesterday afternoon.
A large gathering of pupils, parents, and friends witnessed the events in fine but dull and windy weather.
The events were run off in two sections, primary school and secondary school, and were keenly contested. Drill displays were given by teams picked from the boys and girls of the secondary school.
The arrangements were in the hands of the staff, under the rector, Dr Alexander Leighton.
The boys' senior championship was secured by Angus Anderson, with 12 points, David Thomson with 9 being runner-up.
Douglas Adamson had a runaway victory in the boys' junior championship, securing the premier place in six of the seven events, his points totalled 18, David Wynd with 8 being runner-up. ...
BOYS' JUNIOR - CHAMPIONSHIP.-High Jump—1 Douglas Adamson, 2 David Wynd, 3 Harold Whyte.
100, Yards Flat Race-1 Douglas Adamson, 2 Ian I Fleming, 3 David Wynd, 4 James Foy.
Throwing Cricket Ball-1 Douglas Adamson: (67 yds. 6 in.), 2 James Fox, 3 David Wynd.
Broad Jump-1 Douglas Adamson, 2 David Wynd, 3 James Fox.
220 Yards-1. Douglas Adamson, 2 Jas. Bell, 3 Ian Fleming, 4 David Wynd.
440 Yards-1 Douglas Adamson, 2 Frank Henderson, 3 Jas. Bell.
Obstacle Race-1 Ian Fleming, 2 David Wynd, 3 Frank Henderson. ... on 20 June 1929.8
- (Witness) Photograph: He is in this photograph taken circa 1930 at 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson, James Kinnear Adamson MA enjoying a sunny day at the back door.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken between 1930 and 1931 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, school photo - class IVa.6
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Dundee Academies' Gala Day: Keen Rivalry at School Sports: ... The Academies held their sports in delightful weather yesterday. ...
The Morgan Champions: There was a large gathering of parents and friends at the Morgan Academy Recreation Grounds on the occasion of the sports.
A very interesting programme was carried through, the various events being keenly contested.
The senior championship was won by David Thomson, Douglas Adamson being runner-up. on 19 June 1930.9
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in July 1931 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, school photo - probably medallists.6
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article The School Orchestra.
NOWHERE in School activities is there to be found a more enthusiastic or popular group of workers than in our School Orchestra, whose photograph we publish.
Under the able conductorship of Miss H. M. Milne, L.R.A.M., this little band has gone from strength to strength, carrying off Festival honours and lending willing assistance to concerts and School functions.
Their performances reached a high standard of excellence during last session, and showed evidences of tireless effort in rehearsing after the school day was over.
It was with regret that School was obliged to say " Good-bye " at the end of June to several members of the orchestra, who, along with Miss Milne, had helped to build its reputation. Our good wishes follow them in their new activities, and our good wishes for continued success go to Miss Milne and those who rally round her in this valuable effort for the School. in November 1931 at Morgan Academy Magazine Vol I no 3, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.10MORGAN ACADEMY ORCHESTRA, Session 1930.31
Back Row (Left to Right)—Roy Smith. Nan Warden. William Taylor. Dick Williams. Leonard Stewart. Wm. Woodcock. Herbert Walker. Muriel Forsyth. Norman Fenton.
Second Row (Left to Right)—David Brown. George Rye. Hugh Moncur. Douglas Adamson (Secretary). Alex. Dryden. Wm. Armstrong. Jas. Millar.
Front Row (Left to Right)--Mr E. G. McPherson. Mabel Flight. Joyce Johnston. Miss G. M. Stewart. Betty Lesslie, Miss H. M. Milne (Conductor). Winifred Davies. Dorothy Simpson. Lena McNicoll. Chrissie Gordon. Winifred Davidson.
Seated in Front—Margaret Latto.
Absentees—Jenny Cameron. Ruby Gills, Donald Webster. David Milne.
- Newspaper Article*: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Report : Rugby Football Club: At the first general meeting of the newly-formed Rugby Club the following officials were elected for the present session :- Hon. President - Dr Leighton; President - Mr I W Hendry; Vice-Presidents - Messers Bunting, Stewart, Waterson; Captain - William Anderson; Vice-Captain - Douglas Adamson; Secretary - Charles Gray.
Lack of experience is compensated by a growing enthusiasm for the game, and already soome of the boys are showing signs of possessing "rugger sense". Two matches have been payed, and in both the team put up a very credible show. Two things, however, have still to be mastered: the art of tackling low, and the necessity of preservinf silence on the field. It is hoped to play about ten games this season: this should give the team some idea of the standard of school regby, and prepare them for a fuller fixture list next season. in November 1931 at Morgan Academy Magazine Vol I no 3, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.10
- Education*: Between 1932 and 1933 Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was appointed the First Boy Captain of Morgan Academy. The first Boy and Girl School Captains (Douglas Adamson and Margaret Fowler) were appointed in 1932/33, together with House Masters and Mistresses. There were also "unofficial" Boy House Captains for that year - William Anderson(Airlie), Douglas Adamson (Cortachy), Albert Graham (Glamis) and George Murray (Mains) but no Girl House Captains. The Boys' and Girls' Literary Societies presented the Trophy for the competition that year. Official Boy and Girl House Captains were first appointed in 1933/34. The Primary Department joined the system in 1933/34. House badges, designed by the Art Department, became available in 1934/35.
For the first decade, the election of School and House Captains was in the hands of the House Masters and Mistresses, presumably with an input from the Rector. The Captains were chosen "for their moral qualities besides their scholastic achievements. Each must have a strong personality that will have an influence for good; each must be courteous to all, be ever willing to serve in a good cause, be jealously watchful over the fair name of our School - in short, must aim at becoming a perfect human being!"11
- Education: Between 1932 and 1933 Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was recognised when Airlie won the Championship seven out of eight times to the beginning of the second World War, the exception being 1932/33 when Cortachy won - due to the herculean efforts of Douglas Adamson - Rugby Captain, Sports Champion, and Science Medal winner.11
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Report : Rugby Football Club.
Office-Bearers:—Hon. President, Dr. Leighton, O.B.E; President, Mr. I. W. Hendry; Vice-Pre- sidents, Messrs. Brough, Donald, Macdonald, and Stewart; Captain, Douglas G. Adamson; Vice-Captain, George Murray; Secretary, William P. Anderson.
This season we have an excellent programme of matches for our 1st and 2nd XV's. There will also be fixtures for our 3rd XV and for the Junior XV. In addition to these, there will be the House-matches, two of which have already been contested in a fine spirit. The following are the results of the matches played this season:-
Morgan Ady. 1st ...... 6 Perth Ady. 1st. ...... 20
Morgan Ady. 1st ...... 6 Strathallan Sch. 2nd. 13
Morgan Ady. 1st ...... 16 St. Andrew's Un. 4th 10
Morgan Ady. 4t ...... 32 Perth Ady. 2nd ...... 0
Morgan Ady. 2nd ...... 9 D. H. S. 2nd ...... ....... 0
Morgan Ady. Junr. 28 D. H. S. Junior ...... 0
Airlie....... ...... 3 Mains ...... ...... ......0
Cortachy... ......21 Glamis ...... ...... ... 13
The 1st and 2nd XV 's have improved a great deal since last season, and have shown that they can hold their own with any other school. The 2nd XV have an unbeaten record so far, and their line has not yet been crossed.
Fixture cards have now been printed in an attractive form, and can be obtained from Mr. Hendry or from the House Rugby Captains.
I take this opportunity of thanking those members of the staff, especially House-Masters, for their enthusiastic co-operation this season.
WILLIAM P. ANDERSON, Secretary. in February 1932 at Morgan Academy Magazine Vol II no 1, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.12
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Exit The Football Club.
THE present session will mark the end of the Association Football Club at Morgan Academy. This club, which has been in existence for some thirty years now, has for long been the premier secondary school club in Dundee and district.
In the past few years it has produced many excellent footballers, and this session has proved no exception to the rule. The team is a very strong one, indeed, and though perhaps not approaching the particularly high standard of last year's XI. has given a very good account of itself in all the matches it has played.
A feature of the season has been the marked success of the and XI., which, under the guidance of an enthusiastic captain and secretary, procured many fixtures and proved victorious in all but two or three.
The introduction of Rugby in the majority of secondary schools in and around Dundee had, however, left the club with very few fixtures, and the opposition was becoming weaker with every passing year. The time was therefore ripe for the formation of a
Rugby Club at Morgan Academy, and it is to be hoped that those who have done so well on the " soccer" field will devote their football skill and energy to the furthering of this club, which, though still in its infancy, has enjoyed a large measure of success this year.
What has been our loss should be their gain, and it is with the wish that Rugby may long flourish in Morgan Academy that " soccer " makes its final exit. W. D. in May 1932 at Morgan Academy Magazine Vol II no 2, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.13
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in June 1933 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, Morgan Academy Medalists - newspaper photograph.6
- Newspaper Article: He was mentioned in a newspaper article Rugby Report.
This season has been a very successful one for the club. This year we entered the Midland Schools' Seven-a-Side Tournament for the first time, and our 1st team had an outstanding victory. The team was—D. G. Adamson, G. Murray, A. Ramsay, J. Prain, D. Crighton, J. Beat, and D. Graham.
The 1st and 2nd XV.s have both done well.
P. W. L. D. Points. A.
I st XV. .. 14 8 5 1 177 108
2nd XV. .. 9 6 2 1 114 36
The Senior House Championship was won by Airlie and the Junior by Cortachy.
The following players were " capped " D. G. Adamson, G. Murray, A. R. Ramsay,
H. E. Whyte, J. H. Prain, and J. Beat.
1st and 2nd XV. Colours were awarded to :-
1st XV. Colours—D. G. Adamson, G. Murray, A. R. Ramsay, H. E. Whyte, W. P. Anderson, D. M. Crighton, J. H. Prain, D. Milne, S. Anderson, D. Graham, J. Adamson, J. Beat, R. Keddie, I. Smith, R. Mason.
2nd XV. Colours—R. Brown, J. Fairley, R. McIntosh, T. Gray, H. Moncur, W. Kettles, D. Anderson, W. Smith, P. Aitken, R. Bell, J. Millar, R. Gair, A. McAra, A. Munro, D. Murray.
On behalf of the members of the club, I take this opportunity of thanking those members of the staff who have devoted so much of their time to ensure the club's success.
WILLIAM P. ANDERSON, Secretary. in June 1933 at Morgan Academy Magazine Vol III no 2, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.14
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken circa 1935 at St Andrews University, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, Rugby team.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in 1935 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, along with Myra Haxton 2nd right in this photo. This is the Bute Medical Crew in the Boat Race, St Andrews 1935.6
- (Witness) Note for Web: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and James Kinnear Adamson and David Kinnear Adamson was mentioned with Agnes Burnet Stewart Adamson after 8 February 1935. When she died, left money to her nephews (her brother David's sons) James Kinnear Adamson and David Adamson. Or was it to her great nephews (sons of James Kinnear Adamson)? Douglas George Adamson - he would have been about 20 and at St Andrews University - bought (or was given?) a microscope.15
- Graduation*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was graduated on 30 June 1938 at Younger Hall, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken on 30 June 1938 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
- Graduation: He was graduated on 5 July 1938 at The Medical Register of 1951, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland; MBChB University St Andrews; MRCP Lond 1948; 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee.16
- Photograph*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and James Kinnear Adamson MA are in this photograph taken in 1939.6
- (Member of Household) Register 1939*: He was listed in the 1939 Regsiter at Ballogie House, 29 Belle Vue Grove, Middlesbrough, England; registration district 353/2; schedule 309; Adamson, Douglas G, male, born 5 February 1915, single, assistant to Dr Murray (Doctor), OCR RAMC; living with [presumed to be on previous page - Dr Murray], Murray, Alice M, female, born 29 May 1881, married, unpaid domestic duties, DWD 27.1.47; Gortton, Sarah, servant, female, born 16 June 1913, single, domestic cook.17
- Milit-Beg*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP began military service on 7 November 1939 Supplement to the London Gazette Friday 1st December 1939; Regular Army Reserve of Officers, Emergency Commissions, Royal Army Medical Corps. The undermentioned to be Lts. :- 7th November 1939 :- Douglas George Adamson, M.B. (107664).18,19
- Event-Misc: Circa 1940 Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP in Africa & met with Archibald Ford at a port. Archibald took Douglas around.20
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in 1941 at No 1 Malaria Field Laboratory, Iraq.6
- (Witness) Photograph: He is mentioned in this photograph taken circa 1942 at 20 East Haddon Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, James Kinnear Adamson MA waiting for their boys to come home.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and friend attempting to look like sheiks at the native bazaar in April 1942 at Aleppo, Syria.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in 1943 at No 1 Malaria Field Laboratory, Iraq.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in 1944 at No 1 Malaria Field Laboratory, Iraq.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in April 1944 at Poona, India, stationed.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in September 1944 at Sind Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan, and a friend took a fishing trip.6
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP is in this photograph taken in August 1945 at Berlin, Germany, along with James Kinnear Adamson MA First published in Genes on the Web Facebook group:
So, Judith suggested that our fathers met up in Berlin at the end of WW2. All I had was an anecdote that they met on a train going home (I imagined in the UK, however ...) I tracked down the remembered photos from Dad's war collection and have these to share.
I believe the first two are indeed Berlin, probably after July 1945 when the Victory parade took place during the Potsdam Conference involving various heads of state, including Truman, Stalin and Churchill - the subjects on the monument in the first photo. The second photo is the Victory Column which was the focus of the Victory Parade.
The next two photos appear to depict injured troops boarding a train (was this where James and Douglas met up?, was Douglas working with the RAMC, looking after wounded soldiers being repatriated?) and the last two seem to be a quayside somewhere.
Video links http://www.chronos-media.de/?page_id=3863.6
- Vehicle*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP registered the ownership of a vehicle on 17 July 1946 Grey 8 HP Standard Saloon, YJ 8560, registered to Dr Dowdas (sic) G Adamson, 20 E. Haddon Road, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- (Witness) Photograph: He is in this photograph taken circa 1948 along with James Kinnear Adamson, Georgina Key, James Kinnear Adamson MA, Margaret Kinnear Adamson, David Albert Bell and Kenneth James Gordon Bell.
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller are in this photograph taken circa 1950 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
- (Groom) Marriage*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP married Catherine Nicolson Miller, daughter of Alexander Miller and Kate Nicolson, on 1 July 1950 at St Paul's Church, Nethergate, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Extract of and Entry in a Register of Marriages kept on the undermentioned Parish or District in terms of 17 & 18 Victoriae, Cap 80 $$ 56 & 58.
1950 on the First day of July at St Paul's Church Nethergate Dundee after Banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, Signed Douglas George Adamson medical practitioner batchelor aged 35, residing 20 East Haddon Road Dundee, parents James Kinnear Adamson school teacher retired and Georgina Adamson ms Key; signed Catherine Nciolson Miller nursing sister spinster, aged 25, residing 25 Perth Road Dundee, parents Alexander Miller chiropodist and Kate Miller ms Nicolson; signed James Munn of St Paul's Dundee, signed Marion C Miller 25 Perth Road Dundee & George H Smith 10 Baldovan Road Dundee witnesses; registered 1950 July 3rd at Dundee signed C W Baxter interim registrar; Extracted from the Register Book of Marriages for the District of St Mary & St Peter in the Burgh of Dundee this 4th day of July 1950, signed C W Baxter interim registrar.22
- Address: As of 1 July 1950, Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller lived at 246 Arbroath Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. 23
- Newspaper Article: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP was mentioned in a newspaper article ANOPHELES AND MALARIA IN THE NEAR EAST
(London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Memoir 7)
By H. S. LEESON, F.R.E.S., W. H. R. LUMSDEN, B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., D.T.M. & H., J. YOFE, M.D., D.T.M., and T. T. MACAN, M.A.,Ph.D., F.R.E.S. Pp. xii + 223, with 73 illustrations. London: H. K. Lewis. 1950. 35s.
This memoir is definitely one for the malariologist and for the health authorities of the countries concerned. It is divided into three parts-Part I Syria and Lebanon by H. S. Leeson, Part II Transjordan, Palestine and Syria by W. H. R. Lumsden and J. Yofe, Part III Iraq and North Persia by T. T. Macan.
The book owes its genesis to World War II, when the Allies were faced with the potent'al threat of German invasion through Turkey and a malarial survey was necessary throughout this tactical area to decide on the location of troops. Fortunately this attack never materialized, and all the labour of constructing enormous tank traps and aeroplane landing grounds was wasted; all that is left of man's effort being rusty tins and derelict trenches. Out of this desolation, however, has arisen this Memoir, and it will remain of permanent value to all concerned in the physical welfare of the inhabitants, whether temporary or permanent, of these regions.
The authors are to be congratulated on their infinite hard work under exacting conditions, and their monument is this Memoir. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine must be congratulated on rescuing a valuable monograph on anopheles which would otherwise have remained buried in the archives of the War Office. T.C.M. in March 1951.24
- Graduation: He was graduated on 4 July 1952 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland; graduated MD.
- Address*: As of circa 1953, Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller lived at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. 23
- Vehicle: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP registered the ownership of a vehicle on 30 March 1953 Fawn 1508cc Ford Saloon, CTS 768, registered to Dr D G Adamson, 246 Arbroath Road, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- Vehicle: He registered the ownership of a vehicle on 5 September 1957 Blue 948cc A 35 Austin Saloon, GTS 676, registered to Mr Douglas Adamson, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller are in this photograph taken in 1958 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with John Henry Prain.6
- Vehicle: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP registered the ownership of a vehicle on 19 October 1959 Beige 2553cc Ford Saloon, JYJ 547, registered to Dr D Adamson, 31 Farrington Street, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- Vehicle: He registered the ownership of a vehicle on 20 November 1961 Ascot Grey 2553cc Ford Zepher, MYJ 577, registered to Dr Adamson, 31 Farington Street, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- Vehicle: He registered the ownership of a vehicle on 29 April 1964 2 Toned Green 1594 Vauxhall Victor, RTS 970, registered to P & Douglas Adamson, 31 Farrington Street, Dundee at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.21
- Photograph*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller are in this photograph taken circa 1970 at Scotland.6
- Misc*: In January 1971 at Glencarse Village, Perthshire, Scotland, Kay & Douglas were on their way, with two friends, to take part in a curling match at Perth Ice Rink when they were involved in a serious road accident just outside the village of Glencarse on the Dundee to Perth road. Douglas was driving his new Volvo when he was faced with the sudden appearance of a Transit van coming towards him - sideways - on the wrong side of the road. He had only seconds to take action. He was unable to avoid the head-on collision and the Volvo ploughed into the van. The Volvo was rammed so hard, the headlights ended up against the dashboard. Fortunately, the car was fitted with one of the early safety devices that deflected the engine down towards the road in this circumstance.
The first people on the scene were Kay and Douglas’ good friends John and Joan Prain. They must have been impossibly shocked – especially when they discovered who was involved. But never-the-less their war-time medical training and experience stood them in good stead and the four badly injured occupants were taken to Bridge of Earn Hospital for assessment and treatment. Once there, Douglas was particularly concerned for Kay because he was aware of her bad allergic reaction to Elastoplast (we now know it would probably be the latex) and was most insistent that someone, anyone, listen to him – which they did, eventually.
Everyone in the car was badly injured, but all survived. Kay was probably the most badly hurt and remained in hospital for nearly six months while her very badly broken leg and dislocated shoulder healed. She never regained full use of her right shoulder and arm which seriously affected her ability to play her violin, and her right leg was a little shorter – despite intense physiotherapy. But once she was back on her feet, she carried on with life as usual - there were two young laddies to see to, and daughter Pat was planning her wedding the next year.
The driver of the van (who had absconded from the scene) was eventually found and brought to book, but the family considered his low fine and short ban a small inconvenience in comparison to their injuries. The incident was caused by a third vehicle that had broken down with an electrical failure just before the brow of a hill on the east-bound side of the road. This vehicle was unable to display any lights and the van driver failed to see it until the last second, swerving around it and skidding as he crested the brow of the hill. So the first Douglas saw was a large van travelling side-on towards him on the wrong side of the road – and he had about 10 feet to stop in. He always said that the most frightening aspect of those few seconds was the knowledge that he could do nothing to stop it happening – coupled with the appalling sensation of the steering wheel – the only thing he had to brace himself with – collapsing on impact.
A small macabre moment occurred the following week, after Pat had taken a blood-stained jacket of Douglas’ to the cleaners. It was early afternoon when the doorbell rang and Pat opened the door to discover two burly men filling the doorway. ‘Mrs Adamson?’, ‘No, Miss.’, ‘Ah, we are from Tayside Police, are your parents at home just now?’ ‘No, they are both in hospital.’ ‘I see. I hope you can help. We are always informed when someone takes blood-stained clothing to the cleaners’, ‘Yes, my father’s jacket’, ‘How did it get stained? – and you asked for a tear to be repaired – how did that happen?’ ‘My parents were in a bad car accident at the weekend – Glencarse’ ‘Ah, right. I don’t think we need to bother you any more. You see, we are investigating the Blairgowrie murder!’.25,26
- Event-Misc: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP escorted the Queen Mother on her tour of the new hospital when it opened on 23 October 1974 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.27
- Cause of Death*: At the age of 64 years, 2 months and 4 days, the cause of Douglas's death was coronary thrombosis.
- (Deceased) Death*: He died on 9 April 1979 at Dundee, Scotland, at age 64 cause coronary thrombosis.
- Obituary: Obituary in Lancet 28th April 1979 - Professors J Crooks and K G Lowe
Dr Douglas Adamson, Consultant Physician, Tayside Area (Scotland) and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Dundee, died suddenly in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on 9th April 1979. He was 64 years of age.
Douglas Adamson was educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee, where he early demonstrated his qualities of leadership, becoming house captain and then school captain. He entered the Medical School of the University of St Andrews and qualified MBChB in 1938, with distinction in Medicine. He also gained a rugby blue at that University.
Following his house appointments and a period of general practitioner experience, he served in the RAMC throughout the second world war. With HM Forces he had a most distinguished career, serving in Egypt, Syria, Persia, Iraq and Burma. He became the youngest serving Lieut. Colonel in the forces at the time he was appointed Assistant Director of Malariology of the 14th Army. In this capacity he was twice mentioned in despatches.
On demobilisation he became clinical assistant and subsequently lecturer of the University of St Andrews at Dundee Royal Infirmary, initially with Professor Adam Patrick, and later with Professor Sir Ian G W Hill.
In 1953 he was appointed consultant physician at Dundee Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer in Medicine of the University of St Andrews and continued to hold these appointments in the new Ninewells Teaching Hospital and the Medical School of the University of Dundee.
He had obtained a commendation in 1952 for his MD thesis entitled "Hyperthyroidism and the Adrenal Cotrex; Clinical and Experimental Studies", which reflected his special interest in endocrinology. Although making important contributions to advances in this speciality, he remained committed to general medicine, and it was as a general physician he made his major contribution to the community. His appreciation of the application of the academic component of medicine to the realities of medical practice epitomised the way in which the Universities and National Health Service should collaborate in treating patients.
Douglas Adamson was an unusual combination of traditionalist and innovator. He wished to preserve what was good in the general medical practice of the past while appreciating the benefits of specialisation. In this connection he fostered an Endocrine Service in his hospital encompassing many disciplines.
The qualities of leadership which he had exhibited at school, University and in his army service were clearly demonstrated in his chairmanship of the Medical Division of his hospital and much of the successful collaboration of the physicians of Ninewells Hospital is due to his example.
Douglas Adamson's commitment to medicine was only paralleled by his fascination with nature in its widest context. He was an ornithologist with a national reputation and he brought to this activity the same qualities of interest, enthusiasm, humanity and dedication, tempered by scientific discipline, which made him an outstanding doctor.
His patients, friends and colleagues will be grateful for what this exceptional doctor has given them, and this to some extent may comfort his wife, two sons and a daughter in their loss. - JC and KGL
Douglas G Adamson Memorial Award funded from donations by colleagues, patients and friends after his death, and awarded annually for 'outstanding contribution to patient care in Tayside'. Administered by a committee originally under the chairmanship of Professor J Crooks. The award is a monetary prize and requires the recipient to give a lecture on his or her speciality, or a related topic, at the lunch-time lectures in the Main Lecture Theatre in Ninewells Medical School. on 28 April 1979.
- Obituary: Obituary in BMJ 12th May 1979 - Dr G Harvey-Smith
Dr Douglas G Adamson, Consultant Physician, Tayside Area (Scotland) and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Dundee died suddenly in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on 9th April 1979. He was 64.
Douglas George Adamson was born on 5th February 1915 at Dundee. He was educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee where he was house captain and school captain and gained his rugby cap. He graduated MBChB at St Andrews University in 1938 where he continued to play rugby and gained his blue.
After House appointments in Sunderland Royal Infirmary he entered general practice at Middlesburgh in 1939, later serving in HM Forces. During his years in the RAMC, he served in Egypt, Syria, Persia, Iraq and Burma, finally becoming Assistant Director of Malariology, 14th Army with the rank of Lieut. Colonel. He was responsible for antimalaria organisation of the force during the advance from Imphal to Madalay, being twice mentioned in dispatches.
After demobilisation in December 1945, he was appointed as Clinical Assistant to Professor Adam Patrick, in the Dundee Royal Infirmary and later became Lecturer in Medicine, University of St Andrews. He obtained the MRCP (London) in 1948 and proceeded MD St Andrews with commendation in 1952 for a thesis entitled "Hyperthyroidism and the Adrenal Cortex: Clinical and Experimental Studies." From 1948 - 1952 he was a Lecturer in Medicine with Professor Sir Ian G W Hill.
In I953 he was appointed Consultant Physician to what was then known as the Eastern Regional Hospital Board with beds in the Royal Infirmary, Dundee, and honorary senior lecturer in the department of medicine of the University of St Andrew. When the new Teaching Hospital and Medical School was opened at Ninewells, Dundee, he moved with his unit but retained some beds in the old infirmary.
He had a special interest in Endocrinology and made important contributions to our knowledge of thyroid and adrenal diseases, and while being acknowledged as an expert in these disorders he retained his interest in general medicine. His first priority was always his patients' welfare and although he did not relish committee work he was a first class administrator which he clearly demonstrated during his period as head of a medical unit and Chairman of the medical division of his hospital.
Douglas Adamson was a very popoular man of outstanding ability and many and varied interests. He was a former President of the Forfarshire Medical Association, of the Dundee Medical Club and of the Dundee Angling Club. He had a wide circle of friends and took part in many different outdoor hobbies. He became highly competent in everything he took up including golf which he only started later in life, ultimately becoming a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews. He loved the hills and lochs and spent many happy days angling and hillwalking. His keen interest in ornithology took him to the Scottish Highlands, Spain and Crete and he became an expert in bird photography, and at one time was Chairman of the local branch of the Scottish Ornithological Club. Although always a highly skilled photographer he was not content with only using the camera, but delighted in cine work and in the mysteries of developing and printing.
His skill in the garden was outstanding and it was always a joy to visit his lovely garden and greenhouse.
He will be sadly missed by his patients, many friends and colleagues and will be remembered with affection and admiration for his courage and determination in the face of ill-health during his last few years.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. - GHS on 12 May 1979.
- Note for Web*: John Prain was in the same class as Douglas Adamson at Morgan Academy Dundee. Douglas Adamson married Catherine Nicolson Miller who is a third cousin once removed to Joan Taylor, John Prain's wife. This relationship was only discovered in December 2006 when the family tree was being complied and Kay (Catherine) Adamson made the connection in December 2006.28
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Short Description: Lists of individuals who served in the British Army from 1882-1962.
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Fold3 Job: 15-017
Fold3 Publication Year: 2015
Year Range: 1882-1962
Date: 1940 October
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Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP
Mother*: Georgina Key b. 29 Mar 1880, d. 24 Aug 1972
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