Northern Centre for the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities

Ian Macleod

Consultant & Hon. Clin. Senior Lecturer in Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology
School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University



Dr R. Iain Macleod

For many years Dr Iain Macleod has been involved in forensic odontology and through this work developed a special interest in palaeopathology and the analysis of human remains, including facial reconstruction. This work has allowed him to assess a variety of figures of specific historical interest including George Buchannan (founder of Edinburgh University) and King Robert the Bruce. Iain’s field of interest has involved extensive collaboration with specialists from many areas and over the years has fuelled what he describes as a passion for history and all it involves. Iain’s historical interests extend into more recent times with the development of the dental profession and an interest into how disease has evolved and been managed over time.


Refereed Articles

Macleod, R I, 'Faces, Bodies and teeth', ENT News, 2000, 8, pp. 20-21.

Macleod, R I, Wright, A R, McDonald, J, Eremin, K. 'Mummy 1911-210-1',
J.R.Coll.Surg.Edin., 2000, 45, p. 74.

Macleod, R I, 'Bodies, Bones and Teeth', Proceedings of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1998.

Macleod, R I, 'Looking Under the Wraps - A Radiological Assessment of the Egyptian Mummy Collection in the Royal Museum of Scotland', Radiology Now, 1998, 15, pp. 4-9.

Kaufman, M U, Hill, B, Macleod, R I. 'Reconstruction of the Facial Features of George Buchanan: Tutor of James VI and Founder of the Tounis College of Edinburgh', Proc. R. Coll. Physicians Edin, 1996, 26, pp. 272-281.

Macleod, R I, Cowie, T. A. 'Face from the Past', Current Archaeology, 1996, 13, pp. 100-101.

Hill, B, Macleod, R I, Crothers, A. 'Rebuilding the Face of George Buchanan (1506-1582)', Journal of Audiovisual Medium in Medicine, 1996, 19, pp. 11-15.

Hargreaves, A S and Macleod, R I. 'Did Edward V Suffer from Histiocytosis X?', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1994, 87, pp. 98-101.

Hill, B, Macleod, R I, Watson, L. 'Facial Reconstruction of a 3500 Year Old Egyptian Mummy Using Axial Computerised Tomography (CT)', The Journal of Audiovisual Media in Medicine, 1993, 16, pp. 11-13


Books, Reports, Chapters and Media Work

Macleod, RI, Hill, B, Heads and Tales - case studies in facial reconstruction. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland Pub. Ltd., 2001.

Cowie, T, Macleod, R I, 'Lewis Man - A Face From the Past', The Scots Magazine. 1996, 144, pp. 426-428.

Cowie, T, Macleod, R I, 'Norman Helmet Interviews ‘Lewis Man’', Young Archaelogist. 1996, 90 p. 5.

Macleod, R I, Cowie, T, 'A Face From the Bronze Age', Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Newsletter, 1996, No 7, p. 1.

Macleod, R I, Dental Radiological Surgey of Egyption Mummy Collection. (Part of a Multi-disciplinary study). Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland Pub. Ltd., 1996.

Macleod, R I and Brown, D S, Report on skeletal remains from excavation of burial ground adjacent to Hexham Abbey. Report lodged with English Heritage, Northumberland County Council and British Museum. June 1993, completed 1995.

Macleod, R I, Analysis of the Skull of Sir John Fenwick. Report filed with Hexham (Tynedale) Tourist Board/Border Marches Museum. 1992


Contributor to Beckinsall, S, Hexham: a History Beneath Our Feet. Hexham: Hexham Abbey Press, 1992.

Contributor to Report on Excavation of Bronze-age Burial at Blawearie, North Northumberland.

Contributor to Medical Assessment of Egyptian Mummy Collection - Newcastle University. Hancock Museum. Data to be included on national Egyptology database.

Compiler for Beckinsall, S, Report lodged with English Heritage, British Museum and Northumberland County Archives. 1992

Compiler for Watson, L, Article in Newcastle Journal. 14 March 1992.

Four television documentaries made based on Macleod, R I, Dental Radiological Surgey of Egyption Mummy Collection, for BBC and Discovery channels

Co-presenter for BBC schools programme History Detective based on work on King Robert the Bruce 2000

Macleod, R I, Report on Excavation of Human Remains Adjacent to Hexham Abbey. March 1990. BBC Look North Presentation, June 1990


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