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Dunnett, Dorothy, novelist and artist, wife of Sir Alastair McTavish, journalist and newspaper editor, née Halliday, 1923-2001



Lady Dunnett (née Halliday) was born in Dunfermline and educated at James Gilliespie‟s School in Edinburgh. After school she embarked on a career as a civil servant, working for the Scottish Office in Edinburgh and for the Board of Trade in Glasgow. She married Alasdair M. Dunnett in 1956.

While working as a portrait painter and writer, she served on the boards of a number of organizations: the Scottish National War Memorial (1962-1996), Scottish Television plc (1979-1992), the National Library of Scotland (1986-2001), and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (1990-1995). She was awarded the OBE in 1992.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Letters to Ronald Renton, mainly relating to the teaching of Scottish literature. The correspondents are: Belle Stewart (2 letters, 1981, 1982); Sorley MacLean (2 letters, 1982, 1986); Norman MacCaig (3 letters, 1985-1989); Dorothy Dunnett (1 letter and 1 postcard, 2001).

Identifier: Acc.13153
Scope and Contents

A small collection of letters relating to obtaining permission for the use of poems and stories in the compilation of teaching aids for Scottish literature. The 2 letters of Dorothy Dunnett relate to the Association of Scottish Literary Studies Schools Conference, 6 October 2001.

Dates: 1981-2001.

Literary and personal papers of Dorothy Dunnett.

Identifier: Acc.12135/1-1062
Scope and Contents Includes research notes, typescripts and proofs of novels, correspondence, and papers concerning her involvement in cultural and business organisations.This archive includes papers relating to the following published works:'Games of kings' (1961)"Queens' play" (1964)'The disorderly knights' (1966)'Dolly and the singing bird' (1968)'Pawn in frankincense' (1969)'Dolly and the cookie bird' (1970)'The...
Dates: 1937-2001, undated.

Typescript, 1991, of a talk on maps delivered by Dorothy, Lady Dunnett at the launch of "The Scot and his Maps" and written by Margaret Wilkes.

Identifier: Acc.11696
Scope and Contents

Includes a copy of Miss Wilkes`s reply and a note by her, 1998, setting out the background to the Dunnett speech and the occasion of its delivery.

Dates: 1991-1998.

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Audiocassettes. 1
Correspondence. 1
Drafts. Documents. 1
Greeting cards. Correspondence. 1
Letters. Correspondence. 1