Dr Dan MacKinnon of Ruaig
Photograph of Dr Dan MacKinnon of Ruaig in Balemartine during World War I.
Courtesy of Mr Donald MacKinnon
Dr Dan MacKinnon (Dòmhnaill Eòghainn na Sraide) is pictured on his motorbike in Balemartine during World War I. Born at Tor a’ Bhaile in Ruaig in 1890, he was educated locally and in 1913 qualified as a doctor in Glasgow.
After working briefly at the Grampian Sanatorium in Kingussie, he returned to Tiree in 1914 as the island’s doctor. He once had a spill from his motorbike in Heanish. Although unhurt and able to continue on his rounds, the racing engine and spinning wheels caused some consternation to those who came to his aid.
He enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1917 and went off to the war, returning to Tiree in June 1919 but resigning the following year to take up the post of Parochial Medical Officer in Aberfoyle. He died unmarried in 1938 and is buried in Kirkapol cemetery.
Black and white photograph of Dr Dan MacKinnon of Ruaig in the 1910s.
Dr Dan MacKinnon of Ruaig on his motorbike in Balemartine in the 1910s. Houses (L-R): Lachlan MacNeill (former Post Office); Flora Lamont, John Paterson (thatched houses); MacArthurs’ houses. Dr Dan was born at Tor a’ Bhaile in Ruaig in 1890, came back to Tiree in 1914 as its doctor and enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1917.