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Archive for November, 2011

Dewar Centenary – calling all Highland & Island Museums



Can you help us please?

2012 marks the centenary of the Dewar Commission and the publication of the Dewar Report into the provision of healthcare in remote and rural parts of Scotland. The report is of local significance as it led to the establishment of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service (HIMS), but also of worldwide significance as it was the first direct and principal forerunner of the NHS.

We are marking the centenary with a full programme of events across the region, and we would really appreciate your involvement.


We are a group of healthcare practitioners, historians and archivists with a common interest in celebrating this important centenary. The Royal College of General Practitioners has plans for some events, and we want to ensure as many as possible are locally curated and of local relevance and interest.




Murdoch Beaton, Secretary to the “Dewar Report” 1912

Murdoch Beaton MA, TD, ISO*

I am part of a group who is keen to see the centenary of the publication of the Dewar Report commemorated in 2012.

The report detailed the state of medical services in the crofting counties of the Highlands and Islands in exquisite detail and its recommendations led to the formation of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, the first state funded comprehensive health service and the forerunner of the NHS by 30 years.

The committee was made up of real characters but I was interested to find out more about the secretary to the committee, Murdoch Beaton. I was very grateful to @iGrannie for giving me the contact details of his grandson, Iain Beaton and so this week I headed of to Uig to find out more. I was not disappointed!


An Invitation to an Open Meeting of AA

8 November 2011

Dear xxxxxx

I am writing to thank you for your kind invitation to attend a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. (more…)