Papers of Dr Daniel McFarlane MB ChB, medical graduate, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Official documentation issued by the army, 1915-1919;
  • Manuscript letters, 1915-1953;
  • Photographs, 1915-1919;
  • Postcards, 1915-1919;
  • Newspaper clippings, 1915-1945;
  • Telegrams, 1917-1919;
  • Wedding certificate, 1932;
  • Baptismal certificate, 1945;
  • Family letters, c1953.

Administrative / Biographical History

Daniel McFarlane was born on the  15th April 1896  and was the son of James and Sarah McFarlane. Sarah McFarlane later remarried when her first husband died and became Sarah Gilmour. Daniel wrote to his mother and three sisters, Jenny, Annie and Alison, faithfully throughout the war. Given the frequency of letters written to Alison where she is addressed within the text as 'Elsie' an assumption has been made that Elsie and Alison are the same person.

In April 1915 Daniel joined the 7th battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, and received his training in Inverness and Tain. In October 1915 Daniel was drafted to France where he fought in the trenches. Unfortunately in 1916 Daniel was injured when he received a gun-shot wound to the arm. He did however fully recover which enabled him to receive the 1915-16 Star, a medal given to those who fought in WWI.

It was not until 1919, after he was demobilised from the army, that Daniel went to the University of Glasgow to study medicine. Despite having to complete resists in subjects like botany, zoology, surgery and clinical surgery, Daniel made the prize list for his studies in psychological medicine and diseases of the throat and nose. In 1924 Daniel graduated from university MB ChB, and worked first in Grimsby before joining the practice of Dr Robert Black in Anniesland, Glasgow. He continued to practice medicine as a GP until he retired in 1966. In June of 1932 Daniel married Christina Bryce in the Parish Church of Temple Glasgow and they had three children, Donald, Malcolm and Christine. Daniel died on the  3rd of November 1979 .


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Description compiled by Claire Keane, postgraduate student cataloguing placement, 15th November 2013. Catalogue amended and enhanced by Kath Roper-Caldbeck, cataloguing volunteer, 4th June 2018.

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