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Motion: 170th Anniversary of Dr Alexander MacFadzean's Death

Pictured: the MacFadzean Monument on Castle Hill, Saltcoats

Motion S5M-15343: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party Date Lodged: 10/01/2019 Dr Alexander MacFadzean’s Death

That the Parliament commemorates the 170th anniversary of the death of Dr Alexander MacFadzean, the renowned philanthropist and physician, who was born in 1788 and died on 8 January 1849; notes that Dr MacFadzean provided free medical care to the poor of Ardrossan and encouraged good hygiene standards, which were instrumental in the prevention of infectious disease; considers that Dr MacFadzean is also credited with originating the proposal to turn the town into a burgh, building a police station, promoting schemes to provide street lighting, and the provision of a clean water supply to every house; recognises that he was also a Justice of the Peace and the principal promoter in the erection of the new parish church in 1844; acknowledges that his lifetime of dedication to promoting the welfare of Ardrossan’s people led to the erection of the Alexander MacFadzean monument on Castle Hill in the town; understands that the Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society organised two events to commemorate this anniversary, including a memorial service at the monument on 8 January 2019 and an exhibition in Ardrossan Library, which will be on display until mid-January, and believes that Dr MacFadzean’s contribution to both the health and wellbeing of residents of Ardrossan should be remembered and celebrated.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Gordon Lindhurst, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Miles Briggs, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt, Stewart Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor

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