Dr. James Stott McDiarmid was born in Highgate on the 22nd of January, 1879. His parents were Hugh McDiarmid and the former Kate Mitton and he had a younger sister named Jean. Dr. McDiarmid’s father Hugh, was a school teacher. When he was a young boy, his family moved to Ingersoll, Ontario where Dr. McDiarmid attended public school.
Dr. McDiarmid graduated from Ingersoll Collegiate High School and enrolled in an arts program at The University of Toronto. After completing 1 year in Toronto, he transferred to the B.Sc. program at McGill University. It appears he completed the course and left the university in 1905. He returned to McGill in 1911 and graduated M.D.,C.M. in 1913. Dr. McDiarmid first practiced medicine in Ingersoll.
He married Grace Robertson on the 22nd of December, 1915 in Ingersoll. Mrs. McDiarmid was born on the 29th of March, 1885, the daughter of Rev. John Robertson and the former Annie Edwards. Her father was a Baptist minister and she had a younger brother named Thomas.
An ad appears in the November 2nd, 1918 edition of the Chatham Daily Planet reporting that Dr. McDiarmid was taking over the practice of Dr. C. R. Newman. According to the 1921 census, Dr. and Mrs. McDiarmid and their children, Max Robertson McDiarmid and Catherine Louise McDiarmid were living in Dover Centre where Dr. McDiarmid was practicing medicine. He eventually moved his medical practice to Ridgetown.
Dr. McDiarmid enjoyed gardening in his spare time.
Dr. McDiarmid semi-retired in 1931 due to ill health.
By 1935, records indicate that the McDiarmid’s were living on Lisgar Street in Ridgetown and Mrs. McDiarmid was working as a nurse.
Dr. McDiarmid died at Victoria Hospital in London on the 30th of November 1941. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown near his parents.
Mrs. McDiarmid was remarried to a gentleman with the surname of Blong. She died in 1971 and she was buried at the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, as was their son Max who died in 1974.
*Dr. Curtis Richard Newton also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.