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Biographical entry Ogilvie, Fergus Monteith (1862 - 1918)

MRCS July 29th 1888; FRCS June 8th 1899; LRCP Lond 1888; MA MB BCh Cantab 1890.

2 November 1862
17 January 1918
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born on Nov 2nd, 1862, the son of Alexander Ogilvie, of Sizewell House, Suffolk. He entered Rugby in May, 1876, and left on account of ill health in the autumn of 1877. He matriculated from King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in Arts in 1884. He received his professional training at St George's Hospital, studying ophthalmology at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital and the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital, at both of which he was Chief Clinical Assistant. He was also Ophthalmic Assistant and Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy at St George's.

He went to Oxford in 1899, and in 1900 became the partner of Robert Walter Doyne (qv), being appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Oxford Eye Hospital, and Consulting Surgeon to the same on his retirement from medical practice in 1905, when he also became Chairman of the House Committee of that institution. Mrs Ogilvie, his mother, founded the Margaret Ogilvie Readership in Ophthalmology in the University of Oxford in 1913, a post afterwards held by Doyne.

Ogilvie was widely known outside his professional work as an ornithologist, a cultivator of orchids, and a fencer. He was President and a generous supporter of the Oxford University Fencing Club.

He died of pneumonia at his residence, 72 Woodstock Road, Oxford, on Jan 17th, 1918, and was buried at Wolvercote Cemetery, his grave being lined with the orchids he had assiduously cultivated. His widow and a daughter survived him. His chief scientific papers were contributed to the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society. From 1910-1912 he was on the Council of that Society.

"Optic Nerve Atrophy in Three Brothers." - Trans Ophthalmol Soc, 1896, xvi, 111.
"One of the Results of Concussion Injuries of the Eye - 'Holes' at the Macula." - Ibid, 1900, xx, 202.
"A Peculiar Form of Hereditary Congenital Cataract" (with E NETTLESHIP), 8vo, plate and chart, London, 1906: reprinted from Trans Ophthalmol Soc, 1906, xxvi, 191. This form of cataract is often known as 'Doyne's' or 'Coppock's' cataract.

Sources used to compile this entry: [In directories the name appears as MENTEITH. Lancet, 1918, i, 236. Brit Med Jour, 1918, i, 164].

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