Sir James McGrigor and the Aberdeen Medical Society

Sir James McGrigor and the Aberdeen Medical Society

Celebrating the Life & Achievements of Sir James McGrigor

Friday 9th April, 2021 was the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of Aberdeen's great men of medicine. 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. 

As it was not possible to host a public event at the obelisk in Duthie Park for this anniversary, an online tribute hosted by MedChi and the University of Aberdeen was arranged in its place. We were delighted to welcome members of the McGrigor family to be part of this celebration.

Click to view a recording of the event:

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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


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

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.

Click on the image below to watch a presentation on the life of Sir James McGrigor.

  • Title: The Adventurous Life of Sir James McGrigor
  • Speaker: Tom Scotland
  • Running time: 31 minutes

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