Sunday 19 March 2023

Greenock's link to Tutankhamun's Curse!

In early January 1924 Sir Archibald Douglas Reid (1871-1924) had been invited to Egypt by Howard Carter in the hope that he could x-ray the mummy of King Tutankhamun.  Unfortunately before he could travel to Egypt, Sir Archibald Douglas Reid died at Chur in Switzerland on 17 January 1924.  He had suffered for several years from radiation dermatitis and had travelled to Switzerland in the hope of recovering his health.  His name is often listed among those who supposedly died mysterious deaths as a result of Tutankhamun's curse.  He had been ill long before the discovery of the tomb.  But what was the Greenock connection?

Source - Wikipedia

Dr Archibald Douglas Reid married Greenock woman, Annie Allan Clapperton in 1909.  Annie was the daughter of John Clapperton (1834 -1903), ship owner and produce broker and his wife Annie Miller Allan (1844-1936) who were married in 1864 at Greenock.  Annie was born in 1869, one of several children.  The family lived at Margaret Street in Greenock. 

Source - Greenock Burns Club

Archibald Douglas Reid was a pioneer of the new science of radiology.  During WWI he worked for British forces both at home and abroad.  Between 1914 and 1919 he was President of the War Office X-ray Committee.  In 1917 he was awarded the CMG and in 1919 the KBE.  He was the first President of the Society of Radiographers.  He worked at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.  He died in Chur, Switzerland in January 1924.  His widow, Greenock’s Annie Allan Clapperton, Lady Reid, died in 1959 at Hythe in Kent.

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