Papers of Sir Alexander Macgregor, (1881-1965), Medical Officer of Health for Glasgow

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers 1906-1967; photograph n.d.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Alexander Macgregor was born in Arbroath in 1881, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended Hutcheson's Grammar School, excelling in Classics. By 1908 he had achieved the qualifications MB Ch B and MD from the University of Glasgow. Following this, in 1909, he achieved a diploma in Public Health from Cambridge. In 1926 he was admitted a Fellow of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He held positions in infectious disease at the Belvidere Fever Hospital, and as assistant to the Medical Officer of Health before he became the fourth Medical Officer of Health for Glasgow, in 1925. He retained this position until his retirement in 1946. After retirement Sir Alexander Macgregor became Chairman of the Western Regional Hospital Board and Chairmen of the Scottish Chairmen, embracing a key role in the new NHS.

Sir Alexander Macgregor was the recipient of many honours beginning with the rare Military Order of the British Empire for his services in Gallipoli. He was awarded the LLD by the University of Glasgow in 1940 and in the next year received the award of Knight Commander of the British Empire, for his services to Glasgow. In 1955 he was awarded a knighthood for services to the Health Boards in the West of Scotland. He was not only recognised by royalty in his own country, being appointed Honorary Physician to His Majesty the King, he was also honoured by King Haakon of Norway. This award was a token of appreciation for Sir Alexander Macgregor's contribution to medical links between the two countries and particularly for making wards available during the Second World War.


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Acquisition Information

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Archivist's Note


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Appraisal Information

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Custodial History

Held with depositor's family.


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Related Material

RCPSG 52 Dr Alexander Dale (1901-1964), Superintendent of Mearnskirk Hospital. Medals in Museum Collection, 2003.66. Photographs of medals in Museum Collection, RCPSG 1/12/8/36/1-10.

Location of Originals

This material is original.


College Bulletin article on "Public Health and Sir Alexander Macgregor", June 1994.

Geographical Names