Dr Murdoch Donald MacLeod was Beverley Golf Club captain in 1892. He was born in 1851. His father, the Rev. Norman Macleod of North List, was a grandson of Donald Macleod of Swordale; his father married Julia, daughter of Dr. Alexander Macleod and grand-daughter of Donald Macleod of Hernera.
Dr. Macleod was educated at the High School and University of Edinburgh, and graduated M.B. in 1873, in which year he was appointed Assistant Medical Superintendent to the Cumberland and Westmorland Asylum, which position he held till he received, in 1882, the important appointment of Medical Superintendent of the East Riding Asylum, Beverley. His start there must have been difficult as in 1884 sewage from the Asylum was judged to be responsible for an outbreak of typhoid in the town. In 1886 he was elected President of the East York and North Lincoln branch of the British Medical Association. The doctor’s name was well known in medical literary circles as an able writer on subjects relating to his profession, especially insanity, which he had made a special study. A keen student of golf, he contributed in the mid 1890’s a paper to the Caledonian Medical Journal on “The Therapeutic aspect of Golf”.
In 1897 he was elected Vice-President of the Psychological section at the annual meeting of the British Medical Association.
Dr. Macleod was an enthusiastic volunteer, having joined the 2nd Volunteer Battalion East Yorks Regiment in 1887 as second Lieutenant, and by 1898 he was senior Captain. His company at Beverley numbered 101 men.
He married, in 1882, Isa Janet (Daisy?), daughter of Samuel Marjoribanks, and had a family of three sons and two daughters. The family lived at the Asylum which stood on the site of what is now the Broadgates estate to the west of the club towards Walkington.
Although so long absent from his native Highlands an article about him in the Celtic Monthly of 1898 said that he had lost none of his Highland sentiment, and took a keen interest in the literature, music, and romance of the “north countrie.”
Dr MacLeod died in 1908. In the 1911 census his widow lived at 8 Newbegin. Their son Norman MacLeod became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Pioneer Corps but died in Madras in 1944 and is commemorated in the Madras War Cemetery, Chennai.