Elected: 1948
Dr James Heggie FRSE FRCPath
James Ferguson Heggie was born on 9th September 1907 in Renfrew where he spent his childhood. He attended Renfrew High School and subsequently Allan Glen’s School in Glasgow. His father was an engineering draughtsman who worked in Clyde shipyards and became manager of an engineering works: he was a victim of the pandemic of acute encephalitis of 1918-19 after which he was increasingly disabled by post-encephalitic Parkinsonism and died in 1930, leaving a widow and three children of whom James was the eldest.

From the age of 16, James contributed to the family’s dwindling savings by taking on clerical and other work during vacations, weekends and evenings. In spite of this he won a scholarship to Glasgow University and matriculated in 1924 as a medical student. He had a brilliant undergraduate career, winning many class prizes including the Muir Medal in Pathology and in 1930 he graduated MB, ChB, with Honours and received the Brunton Memorial Prize awarded annually to the most distinguished of a class of approximately 150 graduating medical students.

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