What follows is a ‘timeline’ of Dr Alexander Wilkie Paterson [1822-1898] as ‘established’ from old newspapers.
Dr Paterson was doctor to the inhabitants of, and the visitors to, Bridge of Allan:
As a child, Robert Louis Stevenson regularly stayed in Bridge of Allan with his family.
In later life, Robert Louis Stevenson recalled that Bridge of Allan’s pharmacist, Gilbert Farie, was a “bogle” in the most vivid of his dreams:
Robert Louis Stevenson generally resisted making clear if his fictional characters were inspired by those that he had come across in life. So thankfully, we are left to the realms of imagination.
This was how Robert Louis Stevenson described ‘Dr Jekyll’:
Dr Paterson died a year short of a new millennium. In grief, the villagers of Bridge of Allan raised a clock made in iron:
Since his death, Dr Paterson’s clock has been moved at least once. The clock no longer has a mechanical mechanism and the original clock face has been replaced.
But Dr Paterson’s clock it is still with us!
Dr Paterson’s timeline is extraordinary, so please, do read on.