Lim Boon Keng
Time to feature some more personal connections.
This fine man is my great great grandfather.
What I enjoy most through learning about my family history on both sides is that everything always comes back to Scotland in some way...

Lim Boon Keng, OBE
(林文慶; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Bûn-khìng)
18 October 1869 – 1 January 1957
was a Chinese doctor who promoted social and educational reforms in Singapore and China. Lim was of Chinese Peranakan descent, with ancestry from Hai Teng district in Fujian, China.

Lim was born as the third-generation of a Straits Chinese Peranakan family in Penang. His father Lim Thean Geow, had moved his family to Singapore when Lim was a young boy and was later enrolled into Raffles Institution.
However, the demise of his parents during his childhood inspired Lim to enter a medical career. In 1887, Lim became the first Malayan to receive a Queen's scholarship, and entered Edinburgh University.
He graduated in 1892 with a First Class Honours degree in medicine.

Queen's Scholars, LBK seated left.

In December 1896, Lim married Margaret Wong Tuan Keng, daughter of Wong Nai Siong of Foo-chow, China. Margaret was a refined, enlightened and well-educated woman who had visited England and America. She died in 1905, leaving four sons.
The eldest was my great grandfather, Dr Robert Lim Kho Seng (1897-1969).
He was Minister of Health in the Nationalist Government of China until the outbreak of the civil war in 1948 when he resigned to become Professor of Physiology at the University of Illinois, U.S.A.


In 1911, in the last days of China's Qing Dynasty, Lim was appointed Medical Adviser to the Ministry of the Interior under Prince Su. He was also appointed Inspector-General of the hospitals in Beijing and he represented the Chinese Government as their delegate in international medical conferences in Paris and Rome. He was also a director of the International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden, Germany.

When Dr Sun Yat-sen became provisional President of the Chinese Republic in 1912, Lim was appointed Sun's confidential secretary and personal physician. However, when Sun gave in to internal bickering and allowed Yuan Shi Kai to become President, Lim resigned from Chinese government service.

Family tree, which my mother is on but is incomplete.