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

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’

You might be wondering why the title of this post does not obviously relate to the urban map it superimposes? In what follows I will do my best to bridge … Continue reading ‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’

From Scotland to Siberia

I came across this headline in today’s paper [I have altered it slightly]. This headline reminded me of a visit that I took last year to Siberia! This was in … Continue reading From Scotland to Siberia

Spout of Buchanty

On the 20th September 1869, George Patton, Lord Advocate and Solicitor-General for Scotland [who a few weeks before had appointed himself as Lord Justice Clerk], took his life. He did … Continue reading Spout of Buchanty

Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

This film is for Adam. It is the final film in a series.   Music credit: ‘Intruder’ by Peter Gabriel. ‘Dr Marigold’: from the writings of Charles Dickens. The first … Continue reading Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Millie Kieve: “I have been communicating with Professor Appleby for 10 years, to try to have the well recorded risk of suicidal feelings due to prescribed drugs or withdrawal effects, … Continue reading Ten years of communication with Professor Appleby

Whitehaugh

A film about the Forbes-Leith family of Whitehaugh, near Alford. Music credit: ‘Sunrise’ by Coldplay

Two men had called

This film is about the reasons behind the suicide of Alexander Craib, farmer, Glencowie (Glencuie) on the estate of Glenkindie. Music credit: ‘Exit music’ by Steven Lindsay

A forensic view

I was interested to read this view by Dr Mark Swinton, MD, MRCPsych, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist [5 January 2020]: “People who describe psychiatry on Twitter seem to be describing an … Continue reading A forensic view