Item 2 - Letter from Andrew Freeland Fergus, Helensburgh, to H.F. Stockdale (Secretary and Director of Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and Royal Technical College, Glasgow)

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GB 249 OM/54/2

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Letter from Andrew Freeland Fergus, Helensburgh, to H.F. Stockdale (Secretary and Director of Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and Royal Technical College, Glasgow)

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  • 25 January 1927 (Creation)

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11 pp.

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He has obtained, via the widow of Dr George Mather, a copy of John Anderson's will made by Professor Penny; his great grandfather, John Naismith, was one of the trustees appointed by Anderson, and he gifts two of his books to the Royal Technical College library; details of the Naismith family; his family's connections with Anderson's and the Royal Technical College, including his mother who attended popular lectures given by Professor Peter Wilson on mathematics and natural philosophy to ladies, and his father (Dr Andrew Fergus) who became Chairman of Anderson's College, 1883-1887; his brothers, Oswald and John Fergus, who studied medicine and chemistry at Anderson's under Professors A. M. Buchanan, Samson Gemmell and William Dittmar; reminiscences about the old Anderson's University building, including the seating arrangements and Professor Blyth's laboratories; his own expertise and career in ophthalmic surgery; his role as a governor of the Royal Technical College and of Anderson's Medical School; war work at Stobhill.

Mention of James Macfarlane (friend of the writer); Madeleine Smith; David Livingstone; James 'Paraffin' Young; Benjamin Ward Richardson; John Henderson (who painted a portrait of Dr Andrew Fergus); Sir William MacEwan, surgeon, Royal Infirmary (died 1924); Professor James Christie of Anderson's College Medical School; Lord Kelvin and his assistant Dr Bottomley; Lieutenant-Colonel Granville Moffet.

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