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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Expert in psychiatry

demand:  Dr  Hugo Buist Milne

A ONE-time Carlisle Grammar School boy who became a distinguished forensic psychiatrist with the Home Office, Dr Hugo Buist Milne was 78 when he died in a North Yorkshire nursing home.

He was born near Glasgow and came to Carlisle when his father was appointed HM Inspector of Taxes in the city.

After he left Carlisle Grammar School, he went on to study medicine at St Andrew’s University, then he returned to Cumbria to become a GP in Longtown. His next move was to a practice in Kirkby Stephen and this was when he decided to specialise in psychiatry.

Once qualified, he was appointed to a post in Montrose, later moving to a more senior position near Derby. Then came his appointment as consultant psychiatrist to the Bradford Group of Hospitals.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Psychiatrists, Dr Milne was highly regarded in his profession and his expertise was in increasing demand.

He was called as an expert witness in several high-profile criminal trials and was appointed a Home Office forensic psychiatrist and a member of the Parole Board.

A keen sportsman, he was a member of both Carlisle Cricket Club and Carlisle Rugby Club. After he retired, his interests included golf, gardening and overseas travel.

He leaves his wife of more than 50 years, three sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.