Doc­tor’s or­ders: ‘A good part­ner is the se­cret of a long life’

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Mark Davey ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­

A SUR­GI­CAL lec­turer who prac­tised as a GP in Camp­bel­town said a ‘good love life’ has helped him reach his 100th birthday.

Speak­ing to the Courier last week from Ed­in­burgh, with his wife Iso­bel, 95, lis­ten­ing in on an­other line, Dr Ian MacPhail said: ‘The se­cret of a long life is good liv­ing, a good wife and a good love life,’ a laugh came from Mrs MacPhail.

Re­cently the MacPhails, their three chil­dren and four grand chil­dren cel­e­brated the mile­stone with a fam­ily party at home in Ed­in­burgh.

Dr MacPhail was born on Au­gust 8 1917 and told the Courier his ear­li­est mem­ory was of be­ing lost in Glas­gow aged four and be­ing taken to a po­lice sta­tion.

He was col­lected by an un­cle.

He stud­ied medicine at Glas­gow be­fore be­com­ing the Westerna res­i­dent Gen­eral at work­ing in the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency de­part­ment, known as ca­su­alty. He moved to Pro­fes­sor Illing­worth’s de­part­ment, be­came su­per­in­ten­dant at the hospi­tal and lec­tured in clin­cial surgery. A few years af­ter the end of the Sec­ond World War the gen­eral prac­tice doc­tor from Camp­bel­town, took his wife to the In­fir­mary and Dr MacPhail set her bro­ken an­kle. Dr MacPhail was in­vited to join the Camp­bel­town prac­tice in 1948 as an equal part­ner with the in­duce­ment that he would be able to con­tinue to op­er­ate as the cot­tage hospi­tal had a theatre and X-ray ma­chine.

De MacPhail said: ‘I car­ried out some ap­pen­dec­tomies and oc­ca­sional bowel surgery at Camp­bel­town hospi­tal.’

Dr MacPhail re­tired from the prac­tice in 1979 aged 61 and a large party was held in Vic­to­ria hall to mark the oc­ca­sion.

That retirement, at the age of 61, opened a new chap­ter in his life when, a year later, he moved to the cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates, Abu Dhabi, to over­see the open­ing of a hospi­tal.

Dr MacPhail said: ‘Those five years in the Mid­dle East where some of the hap­pi­est of my life so far.’

In a var­ied life Dr MacPhail was also the Ro­tary Club of Camp­bel­town’s first ever pres­i­dent, aged 54, af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion gained its char­ter in 1971.

Dr Ian MacPhail is the first Ro­tary Club of Camp­bel­town mem­ber to reach his 100th birthday.

A club spokesper­son said: ‘A spe­cial birthday card has been sent by the club con­grat­u­lat­ing our first pres­i­dent on his cen­tury.

‘Ian and his wife Iso­bel have lived in Ed­in­burgh for some time and though it is now a few years since they vis­ited Camp­bel­town, they still have a Kin­tyre home.’

Dr Ian MacPhail cel­e­brates his birthday with his wife Iso­bel and fam­ily.

Dr Ian MacPhail in his youth.

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