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
Last week, the Scotsman featured ‘In Gordon Street’ as its ‘poem of the week’. This poem by Gerry Cambridge reminded me of a night, when with my son Andrew, we … Continue reading ‘In Gordon Street’
Holmhill House, Dunblane, where extraordinary charity began. Grace Donaldson raised thousands of pounds for charities and alongside financial legacies, left on her death, the park of Holmehill to the children … Continue reading Notes from HERE and THERE
On the 10th August 1882, Edward Grovenor was found guilty of defrauding a Friendly Society and was sent to prison.
Peter (alias John) Porter was jailed in Barlinnie in May 1883. His age is not given but he looks no older than a child.
I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps
Dr Thomas Anderson of Leith was a pioneer of vaccination in Scotland. Sadly, it seems that he has been largely forgotten. Here then is an account of his extraordinary contribution:
It was with some interest that I read in last week’s Scotland on Sunday about the sale of these old Lecture notes: I have read about the life of Dr … Continue reading Medic’s old lecture notes up for sale
For my recent birthday my brother-in-law gave me a bottle of whisky. I was told that it was not for drinking as it is a very old blend [I do … Continue reading Something very special
All material used in this short film, apart from archive footage of my children, was taken by Peter on a visit to Glasgow on Monday 9th December 2019. Music Credit: … Continue reading The world is beautiful
Yesterday, I went to view this retrospective of the photography by Linda McCartney at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. It is well worth a visit. Last year I made this film about … Continue reading Linda McCartney: RETROSPECTIVE
Like Sir Robert Francis, I prefer the term ‘Freedom to Speak Up‘ to “whistleblowing”. However the Scottish Government has chosen to stick with the latter. The first two films below … Continue reading Whistleblowing in NHS Scotland