BRITAIN’S SIBERIA

Fifteen years ago the following paper [shared in full below] by Dr Allan Beveridge was published in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The paper explores … Continue reading BRITAIN’S SIBERIA

María of My Heart

This is from  t h e  s c a n d a l  o f  t h e  c e nt u r y  by Gabriel García Márquez: Many years … Continue reading María of My Heart

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

‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

On 13th November 1881, George Stephen, Watchmaker, Comrie lost his spectacles [presumably going to, or coming from, church]: George Stephen would have been a ‘weel kent’ figure in Comrie given … Continue reading ‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my first … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Fittie’s Tragic Harbour Master

Captain Alexander Morrison: Fittie’s Tragic Harbour Master By Dr Peter J. Gordon, written 13th March 2007 Published in The Leopard magazuine. Having spent much of my life in Aberdeen my … Continue reading Fittie’s Tragic Harbour Master