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
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 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
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
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 keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.
An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187
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
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
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
Let us see what we hear, and listen to light. Imagine the feeling! It would be wordless.
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