D. Lachlan Grant of Ballachulish, 1871–1945

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Dr Lachlan Grant (1871–1945), general practitioner and campaigner, was an important figure in the public life of the Highlands, deeply involved in industrial disputes in the early twentieth century at the Ballachulish slate quarries, where he was employed as a doctor for the workers. He was also active politically, both in the Liberal Party and the early years of the Scottish National Party, and was a prolific journalist, writing on medical and wider political, social and economic issues in the Highlands, particularly mental health care in the region.

An active campaigner in the promotion of economic and social development of the Highlands, he placed special emphasis on improved health administration in the region. He was a key contributor to the Dewar Report (1912), which led to the establishment of the Highlands and Islands Medical Board in 1913, considered by many to be a ‘proto-National Health Service’. He was a star pupil of Edinburgh medical school, who went on to general practice in the Highlands and Islands, while continuing medical research in his own private laboratory to work on problems such as tuberculosis (which reached epidemic proportions in the interwar Highlands), anaemia and eye health.


Ewen Cameron studied History and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow. He is Sir William Fraser Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh, co-editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Northern Scotland and Scottish Affairs.

Annie Tindley gained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the modern history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She is currently a senior lecturer in History at the University of Dundee, Associate Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.