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David Rorie

Dr. David Rorie who died on Feb. 18 at the age of seventy-nine was equally distinguished in medicine, literature and folklore studies. He was educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities graduating M.D-, C.M. and obtaining the D.P.H. Throughout a busy life as a doctor h® found time for the study of Scottish life and folklore, on which subject h« was an acknowledged authority, and also published many articles and poems in the lighter vein. For some years he was joint Editor of Caledonian Medical Journal and contributed copiously to that paper as well as to the Edinburgh Medical Journal and the British Medical Journal-He is best known to folklorists as the author of Folklore of the Mining Folk of Fife which contained many interesting items of folk-medicine and was published as an appendix to County Folk Lore, Vol. VII (Fife, Clackmannan and Kinross-shire). Folklore Society, 19U, collected by Mr. J. E. Simpkins. Dr. Rorie’s lighter articles also contain many references to northern country life and customs and his name stands high as an enthusiastic collector and editor of Scottish folklore. He served in the R.A.M.C. during the war of 1914-18, attained the rank of Colonel and was awarded the D.S.O. and Chev. Legion of Honour. He was a well known authority on many subjects but especially on public health and other medical matters, relating to Scotland.

L. F. Newman

The Auld Doctor
And other Poems and Songs in Scots by David Rorie, M.D. (1921) (pdf)

A Medico's Luck in the War
Being Reminiscences of R.A.M.C. Work with the 51st Highland Division by David Robie, D.S O., T.D., M.D., D.P.H., Colonel late R.A.M.C., T.A. (Ret.); Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Chevalier de la Légion f'Honneur; formerly O.C. 1/2nd Highland Field Ambulance, and later A.D.M.S 51st Highland Division, B.E.F. (1929) (pdf)

Examples of Printed Folk-Lore
Concerning Fife with some notes on Clackmannan and Kinross-Shires collected by John Ewart Simpkins with an Introduction by Robert Craig MacLagan, M.D. author of The Games of Argyllshire^, The Evil Eye in the Western Highlands, etc., and an Appendix from MS. Collections by David Rorie, M.D. (1914) (pdf)

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