Famous Montrose scientist and obstetrician to be marked in his home town

(John) Chassar Moir
(John) Chassar Moir

The family of Professor Chassar Moir will gather in his home town later this month to present a bronze portrait bust to Montrose Museum.

World famous obstetrician, gynaecological surgeon, researcher and innovator, (John) Chassar Moir was born in Montrose in 1900 and educated at the Academy. He went on to become one of the foremost medical men of the 20th century.

Pre-eminent among his many achievements was the development in 1935 of the life-saving drug Ergometrine, used to stop uncontrolled bleeding in childbirth.

He died in 1977, and was buried in Montrose.

There will be some short presentations about Chassar Moir, the man and his achievement, and details on the new book about him written by his daughter ,Priscilla Moir Sharp.

Well-known TV and radio presenter Fi Glover will give some reflections about her grandfather.

The special evening has been organised by the Montrose Society and hosted by the museum.

Society spokesman Dr Andrew Orr said: “Chassar Moir gave his name to the new Maternity Unit here in Montrose back in 1989.

“Since then several thousand mothers have given birth, probably not realising that their safety had been assured by a tiny injection of Ergometrine given at the time of birth – Ergometrine isolated and developed by the great man.

‘‘This gift of safety has been shared ever since by every woman around the world as she gives birth. He also made other significant contributions to care in childbirth.

“It is right that Chassar Moir should be recognised and celebrated in his hometown, and the gift of this bronze portrait will help to mark his contribution to medicine in the 20th century.”

The presentation will take place at the next meeting of Montrose Society in the museum on Tuesday, October 27, at 6pm for 6.30.

There will be a reception for invited visitors, medical and midwifery representatives and Society members.