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Catherine Nicolson Miller

F, #71, b. 19 July 1924, d. 29 January 2018
Catherine Nicolson Adamson c1945
1 July 1950
  • Name Variation: Catherine Nicolson Miller was also known as Kay.
  • Occupation*: Catherine was a nursing theatre sister.
  • Birth*: She was born on 19 July 1924 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Extract Entry of Birth no 573, Catherine Nicolson Miller, born 1924 July Nineteenth 3h 0m pm at 44 Ashbank Road Dundee, female, parents Alexander Miller buthcer's manager and KAte Miller ms Nicolson who married 1921 October 5th at Dundee, signed Alexr Miller father, registered 1924 July 24th at Dundee signed John Pickard assist registrar initialled T M (Thos Meek, registrar); Extracted from the Register Book of Births for the District of St Mary & St Peter in the burgh of Dundee, this Twenty Fourth day of July Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Four years signed Thos Meek registrar.2,3
    Daily Express Saturday 19th July 1924
  • She was the daughter of Alexander Miller and Kate Nicolson.
  • Baptism: Catherine Nicolson Miller was baptised on 23 March 1932 at Tay Square Church, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Baptised by me at Dundee this 23rd day of March 1932 signed John Mansie Minister of Tay Square Church of Scotland.3
  • (Witness) Church Records: She born July 19 1924 and Hope Myra Conway Miller were recorded in Tay Square Church Baptism record book : baptised by John Mansie with Alexander Miller and Kate Nicolson on 23 March 1932.4
  • (Witness) Anecdote forWeb: Catherine Nicolson Miller was told about a conversation between William Fyffe Dorward MBChB and Kate Nicolson. Dr Dorward was the family Doctor and Kate was pregnant at the same time as the doctor's wife. They joked that as the doctor only had boys and Kate and Alec had all girls, if they each had another of the same, they should just swop!5
  • (Witness) Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken on 7 February 1934 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Alexander Miller, Kate Nicolson, Hope Myra Conway Miller and Rhoda Nicolson Miller.6
    Probably taken to celebrate the baptism of their youngest daughter, Rhoda, which took place on February 7th, 1934
    L-R: Olive, Hope, Alec, Kate holding Rhoda, Marion, Kay
  • Photograph*: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1938 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, along with Hope Myra Conway Miller and Rhoda Nicolson Miller Lady of 100 pockets.7
    Lady of 100 pockets L-R: Rhoda looking up, Kay looking down, Marion with eyes closed, Hope in front
  • Event-Misc: Catherine Nicolson Miller was solo violin playing Mendlessohn's Violin Concerto in Em.
    She wore her sister Olive's wedding gown. in 1942 at Caird Hall, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.8
  • Event-Misc: Catherine Nicolson Miller was playing violin at Co-op Association Ltd, Aid to Russia Fund Concert. on 25 January 1942 at Pavilion Picture House, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland.8
  • Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken in 1943 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
  • Event-Misc*: Catherine Nicolson Miller was awarded First Class Certificate of Merit in the Open Violin Solo class at the Perthshire Musical Competition Festival; adjudicators Herbert Wiseman amd Wilfred Senior, signed by Bruce Mckerchar Secretary, Margaret Martin Hon Assistant Secretary in 1945 at Perth, Perthshire, Scotland.8
  • Event-Misc: Catherine Nicolson Miller appeared in an article in Dundee Evening Telegraph on 28 March 1946 at Perth, Perthshire, Scotland.8
  • Photograph: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller are in this photograph taken circa 1950 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
    Douglas & Kay
  • Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1950 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
  • Address: As of 1 July 1950, Catherine Nicolson Miller and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP lived at 246 Arbroath Road, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. 9
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Catherine Nicolson Miller married Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP, son of James Kinnear Adamson and Georgina Key, 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.10
  • Married Name: As of 1 July 1950, her married name was Adamson.
  • Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1952 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
    Kay & Pat
  • Address: As of circa 1953, Catherine Nicolson Miller and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP lived at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. 9
  • (Witness) Death: Catherine Nicolson Miller lost her mother Kate Nicolson on 22 September 1956 at 31 Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; Kate Miller married to Alexander Miller chiropodist, 1956 September twenty second 7h 20m am 31 Farington Street Dundee, female aged 56 years, parents Alfred Henry Nicolson butcher master (dec) Catherine Nicolson ms Riley (dec), cause scirrhus of breast multiple metastases as cert by W Fyffe Dorward MBChB, signed W Ewan Conway cousin 16 Burn Street Dundee, registered 1956 September 22nd at Dundee J H Vaughan assistant registrar, initialed [Jsilby].11
  • Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is in this photograph taken circa 1957 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
  • 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
  • Photograph*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and Catherine Nicolson Miller are in this photograph taken circa 1970 at Scotland.6
    Douglas & Kay bird-watching
  • 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!’.12,13
  • Photograph*: Catherine Nicolson Miller and William Ewan Conway are in this photograph taken in December 1978 at Farington Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.6
    Will Conway & Kay Adamson
  • (Witness) Obituary: Catherine Nicolson Miller was mentioned in the Obituary of Alexander Miller on 20 December 1978; Obituary Dundee "Courier & Advertiser" December 20th, 1978 reads: One of Dundee's first chiropodists and founder member of the Dundee branch of the Society of Chiropody has died following an illness.
    Mr Alexander Miller, 19 School Road, Dundee, died on Wednesday at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He was 81.
    A native of Dundee, Mr Miller was educated at Blackness School, Dundee, before embarking on a course of studies leading to his qualification as a chiropodist.
    As there was no training in chiropody at that time, he studied the necessary medical subjects at Dundee School of Medicine during the 1920's gaining practical experience from colleagues in London.
    Mr Miller had a private practice in Perth Road, Dundee, for many years and retired in 1967.
    During the First World War he served as an orderly in the RAMC with the Black Watch and was taken prisoner in Germany.
    During the Second World War he was in charge of the ARP post at Hawkhill School, Dundee.
    Mr Miller was the Session Clerk at Tay Square Church until it closed, and was an elder of St Paul's.
    For many years he was chairman of the Dundee Boys and Girls Religious Association, and was involved in missionary work throughout the world.
    He is survived by his five daughters and his wife.14
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP died on 9 April 1979 at Dundee, Scotland; cause coronary thrombosis.
  • Anecdote forWeb*: Catherine Nicolson Miller was reminscing about Robert Davidson Nicolson who was a jute engineer in India during the 1930s; had children who all went to High School and lived with their aunt in Balmossie Street (Broughty Ferry/Barnhill) - Bobby (Robert Carmichael) drowned in WWII, Eleanor, Jimmy (in accident after WWII); brought the 'Kukri Knife' brooch to his cousin Kate Miller (ms Nicolson); when he was home from India, they (he & wife) would visit with you.15
  • (Witness) Note for Web: Catherine Nicolson Miller and Joan Russell Taylor were mentioned with Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP and John Henry Prain in December 2006. 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.16
  • Anecdote forWeb*: The Messiah. She played (violin) with DSO [Dundee String Orchestra / Dundee Symphony Orchestra?] before her marriage. And as a young-married for the Messiah. At least one performance of the Messiah was at Pitlochry Festival Theatre when it was still under canvas. Her partner at DSO was Chrissie Rhynd.17
  • (Witness) Photograph: Catherine Nicolson Miller is connected to this photograph taken in September 2017 at Tay Square Church, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, showing the remains of the building; along with Charles Robert Kirkwood Lawson, Elizabeth Anderson Miller, James Milne Miller, Margaret Abercrombie Porter, William Miller, Charles Milne Miller, Marion McKenzie Conway, James Miller, Janet Milne, Agnes Fisher Miller, Jessie Milne Miller, Marion McKenzie Miller, Alexander Miller, Lizzie Conway Miller, Margaret Ambrose Porter Miller, Kate Nicolson, Hope Myra Conway Miller and Rhoda Nicolson Miller.18
    Tay Square photos taken Sept 2017 by AD
  • (Deceased) Death*: Catherine Nicolson Miller died on 29 January 2018 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee, Scotland, at age 93.19
  • Obituary: The obituary of Catherine Nicolson Miller was was published on 29 January 2018. Kay Adamson 1924-2018*
    Catherine Nicolson Adamson (neé Miller) died after a short illness in Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee, on 29th January 2018. She was 93.
    Kay was the second of the five daughters of Alexander Miller, one of Dundee's first fully licenced chiropodists, and Kate Nicolson. She was educated at The Demonstration School (Park Place) and Harris Academy. The family were all very active members of Tay Square Church.
    In a musical family, Kay's chosen instrument was the violin and she was tutored by A Morrison Reid. She played at competitions and church socials and was a member of the war-time orchestras for Dundee Operatic Society and their concert party. At 18, she was the soloist at the Caird Hall, giving a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor.*
    During the war, whilst waiting to be old enough to start her nursing training, Kay helped her father who was heavily involved with the Hawkhill First Aid Post. She excelled in her nursing studies, earning the Ogilvie Dalgleish Gold Medal in 1946. By 1949, she was a Sister at the DRI running the operating theatres.
    Probably her most daring exploit during these times was when she entered Perth Musical Festival in March 1946. As she wasn't supposed to leave the nurses' residence at Dundee Royal Infirmary, she had to climb out of a window. She played her piece and got back again without incident and she thought she had got away with it - only to discover a cartoon of her performance published in the Evening Telegraph!*
    Kay married Dr Douglas G Adamson in July 1950 and, as was the custom, retired from her profession to become a homemaker. Children followed and a busy family life ensued with Kay and Douglas having many outdoor interests including hill walking, angling, ornithology, camping, curling, ice skating; and a very full social life at the various medical clubs of the day.
    Kay was widowed young in April 1979, but her determination and strength of character shone through as she steered her two sons through the final years of their education and into adulthood. She remained in the family home in the West End, continuing much of the work that Douglas had started, especially in the garden and taking her boys on adventure holidays in the Dormobile just as before. It is not so long ago that she was banned by the family from climbing ladders with chainsaw in hand after almost getting stuck in a tree that she was lopping!
    Throughout the years, she continued her interest and involvement with medical ladies groups and charities, not least amongst them was the Tenovus charity that Douglas and colleagues had initiated. She was a keen supporter of, and attendee at the many musical and drama performances in theatres throughout the city and further afield, both amateur and professional, but in particular the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tayside Opera, Act IV, Dundee Operatic Society, Downfield Musical Society and of course Dundee Scout Gang Show where for many years she was the voice on the telephone taking the advance ticket bookings leading up to show week!
    Throughout her life she has shown much fortitude and resilience in the face of life-changing accident and illness and this was still very evident in her final days.
    She is survived by two of her sisters; a daughter and two sons; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    *Attached photos
    1945-CNM-H&S.jpg
    1942-CNM-Violin.jpg
    1946-CNM-cartoon.jpg.20
Last Edited: 13 May 2018

Parents:

Father*: Alexander Miller b. 6 May 1897, d. 20 Dec 1978
Mother*: Kate Nicolson b. 7 Oct 1899, d. 22 Sep 1956

Citations

  1. PCC photographic archive
  2. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Birth 1924 Dundee St Mary & St Peter 282/2 573 [Mar 2017].
  3. [S43] Original birth extract held with personal papers of CNM [Feb 2018].
  4. [S21] Headstone Photograph; , Tay Square Church records at Dundee City Coucil Archives [Sept 2017].
  5. [S6] CNM talking to PCC [c2017].
  6. [S43] PCC.
  7. [S43] MHT.
  8. [S43] PCC [Feb 2018].
  9. [S6] PCC.
  10. [S43] Original marriage extract held with personal papers of CNM [Feb 2018].
  11. [S11] DCC Registry Office: Extract of an Entry in a Register of Deaths; Burgh of Dundee; #DC(P)6450 [15 June 2006], Dundee City Council Registrar, Commercial Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. Hereinafter cited as DCC Registry Office.
  12. [S6] PCC personal recollection.
  13. [S32] Newspaper Article, http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Perthshire/article/11282/former-sergeant-hopes-new-book-might-unlock-secret-of-hotelier-s-murder.html
  14. [S32] Courier & Advertiser, Dundee 20 Dec 1978.
  15. [S33] Interview , CNM [c2004].
  16. [S6] PCC & CNM [Dec 2006].
  17. [S33] Interview, As told to PCC [Jan 2014].
  18. [S21] Headstone Photograph; , AD [Sept 2017].
  19. [S6] PCC [Jan 2018].
  20. [S6] Author PCC [Feb 2018].
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