Lives of the fellows

Charles John Macalister

b.12 December 1860 d.25 October 1943
TD MB CM Edin(1884) MD FRCP(1909)

C. J. Macalister was born in Bootle, the son of William Boyd Macalister, a Merseyside shipowner. He went to Liverpool High School and Edinburgh University, where he graduated as M.B,C.M., in 1884. He then obtained resident posts at the Liverpool Children’s Infirmary and the Manchester Children’s Hospital before settling in practice at Liverpool in 1887. He formed a lifelong attachment to the Royal Southern Hospital, and from 1892 to 1900 was also physician to the Stanley Hospital. He interested himself particularly in children’s diseases and promoted the foundation of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital. Other institutions which Macalister visited included the Liverpool Home for Incurables, the Leasowe Hospital for Children, the Liverpool Schools for the Deaf and Dumb, and the Adult Deaf and Dumb Benevolent Institution. He lectured on clinical medicine at the University. During the 1914-1918 War he was surgeon-major to the Liverpool Scottish, with which he had been associated since its formation, and physician-in-charge of two military hospitals. On retiring to Bourton-on-the-Water in 1927, he devoted himself to writing histories of the Royal Liverpool Country Hospital for Children and the Liverpool Royal Southern Hospital, which were published in 1930 and 1936 respectively. Macalister married, first, a daughter of William Carter, F.R.C.P, physician to the Royal Southern Hospital, by whom he had one son and two daughters, and, secondly, in 1918, Mary Leslie, daughter of Rev. James Stalker, D.D, by whom he had two daughters. He died at Bourton-on-the-Water.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1943; B.M.J., 1943; Times, 26 Oct. 1943]

(Volume IV, page 502)

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