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David Kyle

Biography of David Kyle

David Kyle was born in Bank Street Hillhead, on 9th March 1878, and lived with his parents and younger sister, Annie, in Hillhead.

He first entered Glasgow University in the Summer Session of 1894 and graduated M.A. in 1897. Later he graduated M.B., CH.B. in 1901, with distinction in Medicine & Surgery. He won two medals for Zoology, and also gained medals in Physiology & Clinical Surgery.

Post-graduation, Kyle became Assistant to a practice in the mining community of Stanley, County Durham. He then met his wife-to-be, May Welsh, the daughter of a local mining engineer, William Welsh. Later he took a study sabbatical to visit hospitals in London and Paris, before setting up a private practice in Ayr. David and May were married in Stanley in June 1907. Their first child, David Kyle, was born in Ayr in 1908.

In 1909, David moved back to County Durham, where he joined a practice in Chester-le-Street. Four children were added to the family over the eight years at County Durham. Later, David and the family moved to Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1920, where the last of his children was born in 1923.

In the late 1920s, Kyle moved back to Glasgow. He bought a practice in Govan and set up home in Ibrox. He was a popular figure in Govan, and provided training to a number of Assistants.

Kyle and his wife, May, celebrated their Golden Wedding in June 1957. David eventually retired at the age of 79 in the autumn of 1957, and he and May moved to London to spend their retirement with their youngest daughter. Their new home was in Northwood, Middlesex. They also visited their children in Brecon, Pinner, and East Kilbride. They had twelve grand-children. In June 1967, David and May celebrated their Diamond Wedding.

David passed away in Hillingdon Hospital on 27th March 1968, shortly after reaching his 90th birthday.


David Kyle
Born 9 March 1878.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1897; MBChB, 1901;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2), R3/2/1. Information and biography written by his grandson, David Smith.
Record last updated: 19th Feb 2018

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