Children of James McLay and Elizabeth Stewart Dumbreck
Giles Law McLay born 28th February 1902 - married David McKay Hart.
2.William Miller McLay
born 11th September 1906 - married Margaret Patricia Magadie
Hart and Giles McLay were married on the 14th December 1934 and they had two
1. David McKay Hart Jnr., born 26th June 1936
Aileen Elizabeth McKay Hart, born 1944
David McKay Hart died suddenly on the 15th May 1984 and Aileen has provided an
Obituary to remember the life of her father.
Obituary from the
British Medical Journal
Volume 289 6th October 1984
David McKay Hart,
FRCPB, FRCPG, FRFPSGLAS
Dr David McKay Hart, formerly director of
obstetrics and gynaecology, Stobhill General Hospital, Glasgow, died suddenly
on 14th May in his 80th year.
David Hart was born in Maryhill, Glasgow,
on the 25th September 1904 and was educated at Allan Glen’s
School. He studied medicine at
Glasgow University, graduating MB, ChB in 1928.
He was appointed McCunn research scholar in puerperal sepsis at the
Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, where he later became resident registrar.
He obtained the FRFPSGLAS in 1930 and in 1932 at the early age of 28,
was appointed professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mungo’s College
at the Royal Infirmary and Rottenrow.
His ability as a teacher was legendary,
and before the Second World War students from America and refugees from Europe
were in his classes for the Scottish triple qualification. He held
appointments in Lennox Castle Hospital, Duke Street Hospital, and the Western
Infirmary Glasgow, before being appointed director of obstetrics and
gynaecology at Stobhill General Hospital in 1954, where he worked tirelessly
until his retrial in 1969 to expand and develop the unit into a modern
department attached to the university and involved in under-graduate and
postgraduate medical education. He
was also in charge of the obstetrics and gynaecological unit at the Western
District Hospital, Glasgow from 1954 until it closed in 1965.
David Hart, or “Harty”, as he was
referred to affectionately (although never addressed as such), was a man of
boundless energy and vitality. He
was completely approachable, with a dry sense of humour, although always
correctly formal and professional. He
was a good doctor, inspiring great confidence in his patients and colleagues.
A confident, conservative obstetrician of sound judgment, he was a
skilled surgeon who had a large private practice and was certainly a
doctor’s doctor. His greatest
love was to teach, at which he excelled, and to pass on not only his vast
clinical experience and surgical skill in the specialty but also his extensive
knowledge of pathology. He
displayed a benevolent paternalism towards his junior colleagues, in whom he
took a tremendous interest. He
always managed to find time to talk to them, and no effort was too great to
help them in the furtherance of their careers.
He took an active interest in medical
politics, making no secret of the fact that he enjoyed the hurly burly of
debate in committee. He served on the Western Regional Hospital Board from
1960 to 1967, being vice chairman from 1964 to 1967.
He was also active in the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists from 1951 to 1970, serving variously on the council and on
several committees, and as chairman of the Scottish committee from 1961 to
1964. As a result of his travels on behalf of the college he established links
between Stobhill Hospital and centres in Kenya, Nigeria and Jordan, which are
still maintained. He was also
closely associated with the Central Midwives Board, being elected deputy
chairman in 1960 and continuing until 1973.
He held office in the Marriage Guidance Council and was president of
the Glasgow and west of Scotland branch of the BMA.
He was also chairman of the
consultants and specialists committee and president of the Glasgow Obstetrical
Society, of which he was made an honorary fellow in 1984.
He was a founder member of the Gynaecological Travellers.
Harty’s professional life left little
time for outside interests until he retired, when he applied his energy to
gardening. At all times, however,
he derived great pleasure from his family.
His son David is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in
Stobhill Hospital, and his daughter Aileen is pursuing a nursing career.
His wife and family survive him.