MACPHAIL, Ronald Merry. Santalia 5.8.1899 — 9.12.1974. Rev. British (Scottish) Missionary Physician. in India. Son of —> J. M. Macphail, continued his work among Santals. Educated at Glasgow Academy. Served in the end of WW I in France. M.B. 1924 Glasgow. Worked for Church of Scotland among Santals from 1925, like his father stationed at Bamdah Mission Hospital and like him specialized in eye surgery. Ordained 1934.
Publications: Introduction to Santali: Introduction and Vocabulary. 123 p. 1947, 2nd ed. 3+84+37 p. Benagaria 1953.
– 2nd ed. of A. Campbell’s Santali-English and English-Santali Dictionary. 4+694 p. Pokhuria 1933.
– The Santal mission. 31 p. 1947.
Sources: Tentatively put together from stray notes in Internet, especially in https://archive.org/stream/clippingsmimeogr00unse_62/clippingsmimeogr00unse_62_djvu.txt. The guess that second initial M. stays for Merry finally showed right by the obituary by W.D. in British Medical Journal 1974:1, 203.
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