Dr Archibald Downie was born on September 5th 1934, born at home in Cathcart to parents James and Mary Downie. Archie was educated at King’s Park school and at the age of 16 he won the Dickens society prize for his essay on "A Tale of Two Cities".
While studying Medicine at Glasgow University between the years of 1952 to 1958, he had many summer jobs from a paper round to working on the Clyde Puffer Lascar in 1956. He was also a keen runner with the Bellahouston Harriers. He married Elizabeth Greenlees in the Glasgow University Chapel in 1960. The had two boys Cameron and Rod.
His first medical appointment was at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, he also trained in paediatric surgery at the Glasgow Children’s hospital at Yorkhill. He once volunteered to play santa and was duped into playing the Good Fairy on the children’s ward.
Between 1967 to 1972 Downie was based as a GP in Drummore in Galloway, it was during this time that he volunteered as the club doctor for Stranraer Football Club, He was then appointed honorary medical officer for Scotland’s International tournaments of 1963,1969 and 1970. He later became the club Doctor for Queen of the South between 2001 and 2006
In his final years, Dr Downie suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, during which he was cared for at home and latterly in Lochduhar Nursing Home, in Dumfries. Through the mist of his mind, he continued to smile and laugh at the memories of the 1967 world tour. He maintained his love for classical music and the Poetry of Burns to the very end.
Dr Archibald Downie Master Mason, Lodge Mosspark No.1329 Initiated on 14th January 1963.