Celebrating the Life & Achievements of Sir James McGrigor

Celebrating the Life & Achievements of Sir James McGrigor

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On Friday 9th April, 2021 it will be the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of Aberdeen's great men of medicine. Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society cordially invites you to join this online event to celebrate the life and achievements of one of its founder members.

Sir James McGrigor; physician, military surgeon and botanist, is considered to be largely responsible for the creation of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served as Rector of the University of Aberdeen. An obelisk to his memory now stands in Duthie Park. A statue was erected in Westminster, and later moved to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

Image: Dr Mary Esslemont (President) with Lord Provost George Stephen followed by Dr NS Clark (Secretary) and Admiral Sir Rhoderick R McGrigor, great-grandson of the founder, process to lay a wreath at the McGrigor Obelisk in 1958 to mark the centenary of Sir James McGrigor's death.

Event Programme

Welcome: Mr Barney Crockett, Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen

Moderator's Introduction: Professor Alison Murray, President Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society

Recorded Presentations

  • McGrigor Family background, and early and late life of Sir James  - Sir James McGrigor and Mary Lady McGrigor
  • McGrigor as Surgeon - Professor J.D. Hutchison
  • McGrigor as Soldier - Mr Tom Scotland
  • McGrigor. the Collections - Mr Paul Logie

LIVE Panel discussion + Q&A

Closing Thanks: Prof Richard Wells, University of Aberdeen


Presenters and panellists

  • Professor Alison Murray, Professor Emerita, University of Aberdeen, formerly Roland Sutton Professor of Radiology & Honorary Consultant Radiologist, President Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society,
  • Councillor, Sir James McGrigor, direct descendant of Sir James McGrigor
  • Mary Lady McGrigor, Scottish Historian
  • Professor JD Hutchison, Emeritus Professor, previously Regius Professor of Surgery, University of Aberdeen,
  • Tom Scotland, retired Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and military historian
  • Paul Logie, Archives Assistant, Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen
  • Brigadier TJ Hodgetts,  Senior Health Adviser (Army) & Head Army Medical Services, Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine, Commissioner Royal Hospital Chelsea

More information can be found here. 

Click here to join the event at 4pm.

Sir James McGrigor and Mary Lady McGrigor McGrigor; Professor J.D. Hutchison McGrigor; Tom Scotland McGrigor; Paul Logie
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