Nottingham Hospitals History


Atholl H. MacLaren

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society


The Society was extremely fortunate to be able to call upon one of its most distinguished members, Atholl MacLaren, to become President during 1978/9 when it celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Atholl MacLaren was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland and educated at Elgin Academy and Aberdeen University where he qualified MB ChB in 1942. After service in the Royal Air Force he moved to Ruddington, a village just outside Nottingham where he was to remain in general practice for the next 41 years. In addition to his clinical work he shouldered a heavy burden of administrative responsibilities. These included being a member of the BMA Local Medical Committee from 1970 - 90 (Chairman 1978-88), a member of the Nottinghamshire Family Practitioners' Committee (Chairman 1978 -88) and members the Society of FPCs of England and Wales (President 1984/5). He was also a much-respected member of the Nottingham Health Authority

As he did not have enough to do during this period (!) he served as a member for Basford Rural District Council from 1952 - 65 and Medical Officer to Nottingham Forest FC from 1960 - 72.

Atholl MacLaren joined the Medico-Chirurgical Society shortly after arriving in Ruddington, became President in 1978/9, a life member in 1985 and later a trustee. During his memorable year of Presidency during the 150th celebrations he supervised a splendid Anniversary Dinner at County Hall attended by local dignitaries and luminaries. It is sufficient to say that his speech was the best of the evening! The Presidential year was, of course, dominated by the celebrations and his own Presidential Address dealt amusingly with many of the characters that had contributed to the medical scene over the years. In conjunction with Mr. J B Cochrane, Dr. Sandy Saunders and Dr. James McFie he wrote a Commemorative Anniversary Book for the Society.

He was appointed MBE in 1974.