Anna MacDonald

Scope and Content

Poetry, 1980s-2015; Books c 1984-2012; Translations and Prose, 1998-2013; Correspondence and related material, 1980-2015; Photographs, 1984-2000s; Press Cuttings and Certificates, 1967-2015; Posters c 1986-1989; Audio Recordings, 1996-2003; Artefacts 1960s-2015

Administrative / Biographical History

Anna MacDonald was born in Dundee in 1935 and was the eldest of six children. She was educated to Rockwell Primary and Rockwell Secondary School, Dundee. She worked for a number of companies in Dundee including Watson and Philip, Burndept-Vidor and the University of Dundee, where she was the operator of the first word processer the University used

A prolific and award winning poet, she is also the author of booklets about old Dundee and has been recognised for her contributions to traditional music. MacDonald also performed as part of the 'Temperance Two Showband' with her second husband Clifford Inglis. She translated the Japanese poem Furusato into English for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998. She is also the author of an unpublished autobiography which gives a frank account of her life and provides an invaluable insight into working class life in twentieth century Dundee. Examples of Anna MacDonald's work can be found at


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

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Anna MacDonald

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