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J. A. Mackintosh

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IN tribute to James Alexander Mackintosh (VR, May 14, 2011, vol 168, p 517), Ian Aitken, Campbell Cornwell and Alasdair MacPherson write: James Mackintosh – widely known as Jimmy – was born in 1933 in London, where his father was an engineer on the Great Western Railway. He spent his early years in the capital but, with the outbreak of war in 1939, and to avoid the London Blitz, he and his mother moved to the Highland safety of Conon Bridge, near Dingwall in Easter Ross, where they had family connections. There, Jimmy attended the local primary school and then Dingwall Academy. From an early age he had regular and close contact with the veterinary world, as his aunt was housekeeper for the assistants in the Conon Bridge branch of the renowned Brown and Stuart veterinary practice centred in Invergordon. Together, the two branches covered a wide area of Ross-shire, and the young Jimmy greatly enjoyed the time he spent with the assistants, particularly the farm visits to the Black Isle and beyond.

As school days drew to a close, there was no question over Jimmy's choice of career, and he gained a place – keenly sought after even in the early 1950s – at Glasgow University Veterinary School. Following two years in digs, he entered Maclay Hall, one of the university's few student residences, all-male but multi-faculty, a move that resulted in …

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