Fonds MC396 - Hugh B. Hay

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Hugh B. Hay

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  • 1914-1941 (Creation)
    Hay, Hugh Burns

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27 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Medical doctor, Hugh Burns Hay, the son of Melissa Debec McKenzie and Hugh Hay, was born at Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick on 26 March 1859. He received his early education at Woodstock, later graduating from Mount Allison University and Columbia University (medical studies), New York. In 1887 he married Lulu Morgan (1862-1941), and they had four children: Hood McKenzie Hay, Bruce Farris Hay (1889-1965), Marie (Van Wart, b. 1898), and Ida Louise (Moore).

In 1885, following graduation from Columbia, Hay established a medical practice at Digby, N.S., remaining there until 1888, when he moved to Queens County, N.B. The Hays lived first at Whites Cove, and then for many years in Chipman. Dr. Hay continued to practise medicine in the Chipman area, and became involved in local politics. For eight years he served as a municipal councillor. During the 1904 federal election, he ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for Sunbury-Queens. He was also chairman of the Queens County Board of Health and a county coroner. In 1930 he took a course in surgery at Mayo Bros. Clinic at Rochester, New York, returning to Chipman, where he continued to practise medicine. Dr. Hugh B. Hay died on 16 June 1940 at Saint John, N.B. and was buried in Red Bank United Church cemetery.

Prominent People of New Brunswick, 1937

Custodial history

Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of appointment diaries in which Dr. Hugh B. Hay recorded his patients' names, the reasons for their calls, and the amount to be charged for services. There are volumes for 1914 and 1931-1941. It is unclear who continued to make entries in the volumes for 1940 and 1941 after Dr. Hay's death. Possibly, they were used by a family member or by the individual who was responsible for settling Hay's business affairs. A number of entries in the 1941 appointment diary deal with payment of bills, accounts, rent, mortgages, and notes, and other business transactions.

A receipt for goods purchased by Dr. Hay from M. Kane, a statement of account owing to H. B. Hay from [William] Brock, and a promissory note for $30.00 signed by Gordon and Arthur Miller in favour of H. B. Hay are also included.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by George Bidlake of Fredericton, New Brunswick on 4 March 1981 along with MC3003 Bruce F. Hay fonds.


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  • English

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The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick also holds MC3003 Bruce F. Hay fonds.

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