Nottingham Hospitals History



1913 - 1980)

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1971 - 1972

Ian Alister Murdie Macleod T.D. :- 28, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. M.B., Ch.B., Edinburgh, 1937; F.R.C.S. Edinburgh, 1940 (University of Edinburgh). Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, General Hospital, City Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Nottingham. Major, R.A.M.C. (T.A.) Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Member of the Otolaryngology Society; Late:- Clinical Tutor, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Medical Directory 1972


Mr. John Barr Cochrane wrote:- Ian Alistair Murdie Macleod was born in Edinburgh on 4th October, 1913, and educated at Edinburgh Institution and Edinburgh University, graduating in medicine in 1937. After house appointments in Edinburgh he became a clinical tutor in the ENT department of the Royal Infirmary. He joined the R.A.M.C. in 1941 as a surgical specialist, serving in Nigeria, India, and the Far East, until he was demobilised at the end of the war with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. In 1947 Ian Macleod was appointed assistant surgeon to the Ear Nose and Throat department of the General Hospital, Nottingham, attaining full surgeon status a year later when he obtained similar appointments at the Children’s and City Hospitals. His special interests were the treatment of Meniere’s disease and the fenestration operation for otosclerosis; to gain further experience of this operation he was granted leave of absence for six months in 1949 to work in the New York clinic of the late Jules Lempert.

An active Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and member of the Scottish Otolaryngological Society, Macleod maintained his Army interests by acting as medical officer to the Territorial Battalion of the South Nott’s Hussars from 1947 to 1962, for which he received the Territorial Decoration. A lifelong member of the B.M.A., he was also a past president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society and of the East midlands Edinburgh University Medical Graduates Club.

A charismatic Scotsman, wholly dedicated to the hospitals to which he devoted so much of his life, Ian Macleod by his quiet and methodical approach to the care of his patients imbued them with complete confidence. His decisions were not hasty or inadequately considered; painstaking to a degree, whether in his clinical practice or in giving his considered opinion in committee, Ian brought a wealth of experience to bear on his judgements (which were always treated with respect by his colleagues) and invariably respected. His friendship was acquired in the same gradual manner, but once established it was generous and abiding. From his parents - both natives of Sutherland - he acquired a great love for the remote Western Scottish Highlands, and his annual visits to Inchnadamph to relax and fish the local waters for trout and salmon were eagerly awaited. Macleod was also an enthusiastic and excellent shot and for many years he convened the ‘doctors shoot’ in North Nottinghamshire, where he not only enjoyed himself to the full but also provided pleasure for many of his colleagues.

Unhappily, Ian had only a limited period after retirement to pursue activities and enjoy his well earned leisure, but it was characteristic of him that when he learnt the nature of his final illness he exhibited the same dignity and forbearance until the end that he had shown all his life.

Mr. Macleod, after his death was survived by his wife Mary whom he married in 1950, and his daughter Margaret who is a senior member of the nursing profession in a London teaching hospital.


British Medical Journal, Volume 281, 8th November, 1980.

Pages 1293/1294.