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Dr Gilbert Aitken Welsh


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Dr Gilbert Aitken Welsh

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Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 18/07/1874 Edinburgh

Date and Place of Death: 01/07/1935 Edinburgh

Nationality: Scottish

Photo taken from the Mossband Farewell, in the archive collection of The Devil’s Porridge Museum




Parents: Thomas and George Ann Welsh

Parent’s occupations: Chemist and Druggist (father)

Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: 

Edinburgh University 

Occupation: General Practitioner

Place of residence at Gretna: N/K

Job title at Gretna: Medical Officer at Dornock

Marital status: Margaret McClure 1910 in Dryfesdale

Children: Ronald (b. January 1911), Elizabeth (b. May 1913), Georgianna (b.1917 d.2002), Margaret Vervier (b. May 1921 in Gretna)

Travels: Embarked Liverpool 21st March 1914 for Tenerife, then arrived back in Liverpool from Tenerife 13th April 1914

Awards/recognitions: N/K

Trivia / any other information: 

Page 50 of Dornock Farewell: “Unfortunately, the closure of the Factory has prevented the continuance of a First Aid Course which the Rescue Brigade was following under the instruction of Dr Welsh”.


         Books published (Title, year of publication, publisher): 

         “A clinical study of points bearing upon the aetiology and course of some forms of syphilitic insanity: with eight cases.” 

         Dissertation Univ. Edinburgh 1898

         Books written about the individual or mentioning the individual (Title, year of publication, publisher): N/K



         Blogs about the individual: N/K

         Websites about the individual: N/K


Further links, notes, and comments:

Dr Gilbert Aitken Welsh

Gilbert Aitken Welsh was a GP who worked as a medical officer at Dornock during the Great War.

Gilbert was born in Edinburgh on 18th July 1874 in Edinburgh. He was the son of Thomas and George Ann Welsh. Thomas was a chemist and druggist.

Gilbert trained as a doctor at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1898, and a copy of his dissertation is in the University’s archive.

He became a GP at Garlieston, Wigtownshire.

Gilbert married Margaret McClure in 1910 in Dryfesdale. They went on to have seven children including Ronald (b.1911), Elizabeth (b. May 1913), Georgianna (b.1917) and Margaret Vervier (b. May 1921). The family are living in Sorbie, Wigtown on the 1911 census.

On 21st March 1914 for Gilbert sailed from Liverpool to Tenerife. He then returned, arriving back in Liverpool from Tenerife 13th April 1914.

Gilbert served as a medical officer at Dornock during the war. On 23rd July 1916 he attended a fatal accident when Vivienne Dunn, the wife of chemist James Dunn, was killed by runaway railway wagons on the level crossing at Dornock.

After the war, the family remained in Gretna for a time. Margaret was born there, and the family were living at Croft House. Gilbert sued the War Department for £125 as the recompense for using his car for government service during his time at H M Factory Gretna.

The family later moved to Edinburgh, where Gilbert died on 1st July 1935 in Edinburgh, after collapsing in his local bank. He is buried in Grange Cemetery.


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