b.5 October 1917 d.5 February 2007
MB ChB Aberd(1941) MRCP(1948) MD(1951) FRCP(1968)
Peter Ogilvie Leggat was a consultant physician for the Northern Regional Health Authority and a clinical lecturer at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was born in London, the son of George Leggat, a consultant physician, and Margaret Ann Leggat née Ewen. He was educated at Kirkham Grammar and Abbotsholme schools, and then followed in his father’s footsteps by studying medicine at Aberdeen University. He qualified in 1941, during the Second World War, with the Anderson gold medal and prize in clinical medicine, and the McQuiban prize in medicine.
He was a house physician and house surgeon in the professorial units at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from 1941 to 1942, and then joined the RAF medical branch. He served until 1946, and was demobilised with the rank of squadron leader.
He returned to Aberdeen, as a medical registrar at the Royal Infirmary. From 1950 to 1951 he was a senior medical registrar in the thoracic unit at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. He then became an assistant physician for Liverpool Regional Hospital Board, and in 1953 he was appointed as a consultant physician at Walkergate Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.
He was chairman of the Newcastle upon Tyne division of the BMA, and secretary and then president of the North of England Thoracic Society.
He retired in 1981 and moved to a 16th century cottage in West Looe, Cornwall. He became interested in local history and archaeology, and was a member of the Old Cornwall Society. With his wife he wrote The healing wells (Dyllansow Truran, 1987) and A tale of two mediaeval chapels in Lammana parish (Looe Printing Company, 1993). He also continued to fish for salmon and sea trout. He completed many bus tours throughout Scotland, and also travelled in New Zealand, America, Canada and Ireland.
In 1949 he married Denise Valerie Brand, the daughter of an insurance manager. They had two daughters, Anne and Jennifer.
[BMJ 2007 334 591]
(Volume XII, page web)
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