Papers of Margaret Wylie Martin (nee Thomas), 1903-2002, medical graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Research material, 1925-1932;
  • Certificates, 1896-1965;
  • Correspondence, 1922-1990;
  • Photographs, 1880s-1940s;
  • Publications, 1930-1932;
  • Personal and family papers, 1922-1976;
  • Thomas family history, late 20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margaret Wylie Martin (nee Thomas) first matriculated at the University in 1922 and graduated with an MB with honours in  1927  and an MD in 1931.

Margaret was born in Glasgow on  4 July 1903 , daughter of William Thomas, a drapery warehouseman, and Margaret (nee Rae), a former District Nurse who had trained at Barnhill Hospital in Glasgow. Margaret Thomas attended Denniston Primary School, Whitehill Higher Grade Public School and Hutcheson's Girls' Grammar School and was an outstanding student, appearing frequently in the University prize lists. During her degree she achieved 11 first class certificates, for classes such as Psychological Medicine and Diseases of Children, won 2nd prize in two classes, 1st prize in two classes and won three medals: two for Clinical Surgery and one for Practice of Medicine. She graduated MB with honours on the 17th October 1927.

After graduating she worked at the Belvidere and Mearnskirk hospitals in Glasgow where she specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology. She carried out postgraduate research and study on Puerperal Fever (childbirth fever) and in 1931 graduated with an MD with a highly commended thesis titled The Intensive Treatment of Puerperal Sepsis.

That same year she became Resident Medical Officer at Mearnskirk Hospital, where she worked until 1936 when she married Russell Dickson Martin, a medical officer at Mearnskirk Hospital, and later in Clydebank, Inverness and Edinburgh. They had three children Duncan, Rae and Niall. Rae (Margaret Melville Rae Martin) her daughter, also became a doctor specialising in obstetrics and gynecology. Margaret Wylie Martin died in  2002 .


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Russell Niall Dickson Martin : 4 Jul 2012 : ACCN 3686

Deposit : Russell Niall Dickson Martin : 11 Dec 2013 : ACCN 3826

Deposit : Russell Niall Dickson Martin : 20 Jun 2018 : ACCN 4201

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by the Martin family following the death of Margaret Wylie Martin, until deposited in GUAS


None expected

Related Material

GB 232 HCA D1355, Papers of Dr Russell Dickson Martin, 1901-1998

GB 237 Coll 1541 Papers of Margaret Melville Rae Martin, 1941-2005,  University of Edinburgh Archives Online catalogue

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and 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.

Fonds level description compiled by Kirsty Menzies, Catalogue Data Assistant, 10 May 2017

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