suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

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Words:‘ The beginning of Spring’ by Penelope Fitzgerald Image: Dr Evgeny Legedin in Glen Affric

Lord [PRESERVE]

Footnote: The passage of time tends to remove the personal. In considering ‘moral treatment’, this melancholy case from Englishtown, May 1862, left me questioning how “moral” the treatment actually may … Continue reading Lord [PRESERVE]

GARNGAD

Garngad House was William Drury’s private lunatic asylum, In the 1827 sketch [above] the spire of Glasgow Cathedral is visible in the background. In 1814 William Drury came to Glasgow … Continue reading GARNGAD

464A ALLELE 12

Bridge of Allan during Coronavirus lockdown: 10th June 2020, Fountain Road. Music: live acoustic version of ‘Do I Wanna Know’ by the Arctic Monkeys 464A ALLELE 12 is one of … Continue reading 464A ALLELE 12

Uley Blues

Wellington Dauncey was born in Dursley on the 12th December 1824, the son of Titus and Mary Ann. He came from a family of cloth makers. Wellington Dauncey took his … Continue reading Uley Blues

Known by this name

Anglers on the River Don have long been familar with a deep pool known as ‘Philips Pot’. The first Ordinance Survey notebook of 1858 gives this description: Of this “lunatic” … Continue reading Known by this name

‘Herd instinct’

An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

On the other side of the fence

We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

Had felt incredibly alone

I retired from the medical profession two months ago. My fulcrum was ethics. I openly asked questions. The Royal College of Psychiatrists seemed to struggle with this. I was left … Continue reading Had felt incredibly alone