I was particularly interested in the information about Dr James Pirie Martin but would like to query Victor Painter's claim that: there was only one doctor for the whole of Box; and that he: brought every baby into the world that was born in these places.
My grandparents were living in Box village when my father was born in Aug 1906; so shortly after Victor Painter’s birth. They subsequently moved to Ashley Cottage on the Ashley Estate in about 1908. One of my Grandfather’s personal friends in the village was a Dr R Handfield-Jones who lived and practised at The Hermitage in Box. I have quite a few letters written by him to my Grandfather. He certainly attended my father’s birth - I have his 3 guineas bill for this.Claire Botcherby