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Glenbuchat Heritage

182 Dr Robert Rannie of Easterbucket
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182 Dr Robert Rannie of Easterbucket

Dr Robert Rannie

I am grateful to Dr Stuart Duncan, a retired GP from Peterculter, for the photos and information on Dr Rannie.

The above photos show:
1. Dr Rannie
2. Dr Rannie with his car. ? A 1904 6hp Wolseley 2 seaterat his home ‘Eastleigh’
3. Gravestone of Arthur Rannie and James Rannie Glenbuchat Churchyard

Robert Rannie was born in Glenbuchat at the Mill of Glenbuchat and later lived at Easterbucket before graduating in Medicine in 1887. He became a GP in Peterculter Aberdeen from 1888 until his retirement in 1921. His father was William Rannie and his mother Hellen Bremner and both are buried at Glenbuchat Churchyard. Roberts’s younger brother James also graduated in medicine. James had a brilliant College career, carrying off no fewer than four first and two gold medals, besides five first and second prizes. He was also a poet of no mean ability. He died on 20th August, 1894 at Klerksdorp South Africa aged 30 and is also buried in Glenbuchat

Dr Robert Rannie, born 1861, graduated in medicine in 1887, and succeeded Dr Lyon to become GP in Peterculter in 1888. He married in Aberdeen in 1889, Eliza Thomson Gordon, who was born in 1866 in Stonehaven. They had one son James Rannie, born in 1900, in Peterculter. James also became a doctor. After taking his MD degree in 1924 he went into general practice at Beckenham. During the war he was mentioned in Dispatches.

Dr Rannie was, until recently, remembered by many people, practicing in Peterculter until 1921. Initially he lived and practiced from Newmill Croft on the road down to Linmoor, but he moved to the rapidly expanding village of Peterculter in 1895, where he built Eastleigh as his home and consulting rooms. Eastleigh is a substantial house with five bedrooms, an acre of garden and couch house and stables for 3 horses. Dr Rannie had one of the very earliest motor cars in the area, SA 106, possibly a 1904 Wolseley 6hp two seater. (The 6hp Wolseley of 1904 was conventional in most respects, featuring a forward mounted, horizontal, single-cylinder engine with bore and stroke of 4 1/2 in x 5 in. Final drive was provided by central chain and its most popular guise was a two-seater configuration. Cooling was provided by distinctive gilled tubes wrapped around the bonnet, a Wolseley feature.)

Dr. Rannie was appointed school medical officer and assistant medical officer and joint tuberculosis officer for Kincardineshire. On his retirement in 1921 he was presented with a silver salver and a wallet containing a cheque for £140, by friends in Peterculter and adjoining parishes, in recognition of valued services rendered for over thirty years. Mrs. Rannie was at the same time presented with a number of gifts.

South African Medical Journal. October, 1894.
Dr. James Rannie, Klerksdorp, S.A.R.

Dr. James Rannie was born at Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with honours in 1890. During his University career he gained the Fyfe Jamieson Gold Medal in anatomy, as also the Shepherd Memorial Gold Medal in Surgery, besides prize and medals in most of his classes.
He was a hard-working student, and was very much liked by his fellow students. He acted as junior demonstrator in anatomy the first session, and senior demonstrator the second session, after he graduated under Professor Reid. He was also M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Lond., and D.P.H. Cambridge. He then went to London, and was Resident Physician for a few months in South London Fever Hospital, where he was very much appreciated.
While there his health, never very robust, broke down, and it was decided he should go to Africa. He first practised for some eight or nine months at Bethlehem, eventually deciding to settle at Klerksdorp where he arrived early in September, 1893. Of fine appearance, genial and courteous in manner, he quickly won for himself a host of friends and a. large practice.
He was very successful, and with his kindly manner very soon had his time fully employed. To rich and poor alike he gave his best, and especially the latter have lost a true friend and benefactor. At the end of July he was attacked by a sharp touch of bronchitis, and, complications setting in, his constitution, already worn out, was unable to withstand the further call on it, and he succumbed after an illness of three weeks on 20th August, 1894.
Dr. Rannie was a keen sportsman, taking an interest in every department of sport. A genial companion, he was a favourite with all, and no movement for the good of the town or people was without his sympathy and support. He was brother to Dr. Rannie, Peterculter, Aberdeen, with whom and his aged mother much sympathy is felt.

Rannie Family Tree

William Rannie
Birth: 22 Nov 1829 in Glenbucket, Census: 1841 Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Christening: 22 Nov 1829 Glenbucket
Residence: 11 Dec 1861 Easter Bucket,
Death: 23 Dec 1875 in Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Census: 1851 Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Census: Apr 1861 Easter Bucket, Glenbucket,
Census: 1871 Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Father: James Rannie b: 10 Jun 1786 in Glenbucket,
Mother: Janet Fraser b: 14 Mar 1792 in Braeside of Edinglassie, Strathdon,
Marriage 1
Helen Bremner b: 18 Sep 1825 in Glenbucket,
Married: 11 Dec 1861 in Mill of Glenbucket,
Children
1. Robert Bremner Rannie b: 14 Jan 1861 in Glenbucket,
2. James Rannie b: 08 Jan 1864 in Glenbucket,
Hellen Bremner b. Sep 1825, Glenbucket, , 18 Sep 1825, Glenbucket,
occupation Farmer1881, m. 11 Dec 1861, in Glenbucket, William Rannie b. c 1829, Glenbucket,
d. 23 Dec1875, Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Buried: Glenbucket Kirkyard,
Hellen died 08 Aug 1905, Drumoak?, buried: Glenbucket Kirkyard,
1861: At home, unmarried.
1871: Farmed 28 acres at Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
1881: Widowed, lived at Easterbucket with two sons.
1901: Lived with unmarried sister Ann at Alnacraig.

Robert Bremner Rannie
Occupation Farmer/Doctor, M.B., CM. 1887. D.P.H. 1889.
Birth: 14 Jan 1861 in Glenbucket,
Census: Apr 1861 Mill of Glenbucket, Glenbucket,
Death: Aft 1901 in prob Peterculter,
1861: Lived with Grandmother Elspet Bremner at Mill of Glenbucket.
Census: 1871 Easterbucket, Glenbucket,
Census: 1881 lived with Brother James at Easterbucket,
Census: 1891 Burnside, Drumoak,
Census: 1901 Eastleigh, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire,
1901: Lived with family at Eastleigh, West Peterculter,
m. 1889, in Aberdeen, Eliza Thomson Gordon, b. c 1866, Stonehaven
Children:
James Rannie b. c 1900, Peterculter

James Rannie
He was born at Peterculter and is a son of the late Dr. Robert Rannie, who was Schools Medical Officer for Kincardine. After taking his MD degree in 1924 he went into general practice at Beckenham. Mentioned in Dispatches.






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