Alexander Biggam

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Major-General Sir Alexander Gordon Biggam KBE CB FRSE FRCPE FRCP (14 April 1888, Stranraer - 22 March 1963) was a Scottish physician and soldier who served as Director of Study of Edinburgh Post-Graduate Board for Medicine.[1]


He was born in Stranraer, the son of J. Biggam of Laigh Glenstockadale, in the parish of Leswalt.[2]

Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Edinburgh University (MB ChB, 1911; MD 1924) Biggam started his career as a House Physician and Surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1912 he was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps and saw active service in France during World War I, where he was wounded in 1915. He then saw service in India from 1916-21. He was awarded the OBE for services with the Waziristan Field Force (1919–21) on the North-West Frontier of India.[1]

Biggam was director of the medical unit at Kasr-el-Aini Hospital in Cairo, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Egyptian University (1926–33), for which he was awarded the Order of the Nile 3rd class. He served as examiner in medicine for the Kitchener School of Medicine in Khartoum and the American University of Beirut. He was appointed an honorary physician to King George VI in 1937.[1]

Biggam served in India and Burma during World War II and was Consulting Physician to the Army during 1941-7. He was made a CBE in 1940, appointed a CB in 1944 and appointed KBE in 1946.[3]

After the war he returned to Scotland, taking up the post of Senior Lecturer in Tropical Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1947. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1950, upon the proposal of Douglas Guthrie, John Gaddum, Sir Alexander Gray and Angus Sinclair.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary". The Glasgow Herald. Glasgow. 25 March 1963. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
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  3. ^ Medical Officers of the British Army 1660-1960 volume 2 page 111
  4. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 9780902198845. Retrieved 31 December 2012.