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Biographical entry MacLeod, Alexander Cameron (1899 - 1971)

MRCS 1925; FRCS 1928; MB BS London 1927; LRCP 1925.

7 December 1899
9 November 1971
General surgeon


Alexander Cameron MacLeod was born on 7 December 1899 the eldest son of Charles Edward Alexander MacLeod a Fellow of the College (see Lives of the Fellows, 1930-51, p.516), and his wife, Edith Ann Budd-Budd. The second son, Douglas Hamilton MacLeod, also became a Fellow, obtaining his diploma in the same year as his elder brother, 1928 (see next entry).

Cameron MacLeod was educated at Shrewsbury School and the Middlesex Hospital, where he was house surgeon to Sampson Handley and became surgical registrar. He was then appointed to the staff of Charing Cross Hospital, where he proved an excellent clinician and teacher, becoming senior tutor in surgery and ultimately consulting surgeon. He was consulting surgeon also to Hampstead General Hospital and the Connaught Hospital, Walthamstow.

During the second world war he served in the RAMC and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the North African campaign.

As a young man Cameron MacLeod was a strong rugger player, representing the London Scottish while his brother Douglas played for the Harlequins. Later he became a skilled fly-fisherman, and after retiring spent a year in a caravan in the Isle of Skye to enjoy fishing and mountain walking; in London he enjoyed music and gardening, and wrote a history of his family: The MacLeods of St Kilda, Clann Alasdair Ruadh (1968). He had contributed many surgical articles to the Charing Cross Hospital Gazette.

MacLeod married Jean Marjorie, daughter of Colonel Arthur Charles Fergusson CMG, DSO, Royal Artillery; she survived him with their son and daughter. He died suddenly in his garden at Hampstead on 9 November 1971, a month before his seventy-second birthday.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from A J Harding Rains FRCS, and J G Fairer FFARCS].

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