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

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

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

Centaurea

Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea

I am incredibly shy

I keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.

‘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 Devon at Cambus

I worked as an NHS doctor in Clackmannanshire for 14 years, where I visited patients in Cambus (which sits by the confluence of the river Forth and the river Devon … Continue reading The Devon at Cambus

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