Bust of famous Montrose surgeon presented to town museum

The family of Professor Chassar Moir are pictured by the bronze bust of him at the unveiling at Montrose Museum
The family of Professor Chassar Moir are pictured by the bronze bust of him at the unveiling at Montrose Museum

A specially-commissioned bronze bust of a world famous Montrose surgeon has been unveiled at Montrose Museum.

The obstetrician and gynaecological surgeon, researcher and innovator Professor J. Chassar Moir, worked on and developed the life-saving drug Ergometrine, which is administered to women in childbirth

He was born in 1900 and educated in Montrose.

The professor’s daughter, Priscilla Moir Sharp, who wrote the book about her father telling of his achievements in the field of childbirth, was at the presentation on Tuesday, October 27, as well as Fi Glover, well-known TV and radio presenter and the professor’s granddaughter. Fi Glover reflected on her grandfather’s work.

The evening was hosted by Montrose Museum and was organised and sponsored by the Montrose Society with very generous support from the Moir family, Professor Moir’s descendents.

Priscilla Moir Sharp told us: “It is a signal honour for father and his discovery of the drug Ergometrine and unique medical work to be recognised as it has been in his home town. He was ever a Montrosian at heart. He, his older brother and two sisters were all educated at Montrose Academy.

“That the bronze bust of Chassar Moir should now be part of ‘The 200 years under The Dome’ Montrose Academy Exhibition is most appropriate.

“There is an added significance in the year 2015, being exactly 100 years since the Battle of Loos in World War One, in which Chassar Moir’s older brother Kenneth, our uncle, a 21-year-old student of engineering at Glasgow Technical College, volunteered, and serving with the Cameron Highlanders, was declared ‘missing’ - with young friends of his, from Montrose Academy, also losing their lives.

“With thoughts both commemorative and celebratory, for the three generations of the Moir family present it was a memorable evening, excellently planned and organised by The Montrose Society, by Dr. Andrew Orr, and The Montrose Museum’s curator and her staff, with the ladies of Roadrunners treating the Society members and the audience to excellent canapes. An event and evening we shall remember always.

“A biography of Chassar Moir is available, the entire proceeds of which are being given to ‘Medecins sans Frontieres’.”