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TITLE
Letter from Dr Rees, London to Mrs Baillie, regarding William Baillie's health, page 3
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D456_A_8_12_3
PLACENAME
Dunain
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1815
PERIOD
1810s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
4916
KEYWORDS
Baillies of Dunain
Highland Archive
mental health
William Baillie
correspondence
letters
Letter from Dr Rees, London to Mrs Baillie, regarding William Baillie's health, page 3

The Baillies of Dunain were an Inverness family who lived in and around the area from the mid-15th century onwards. Although their estate was small in comparison with many of the principal Highland families, they occupied a niche in the upper levels of Highland society.

A substantial collection of the family's papers is held by The Highland Council Archive Service. The papers cover the period c.1760-1860.

This document is dated 14 March 1815. It is a letter from Dr Rees of London to Mrs Isabella Baillie on the subject of her son William's mental illness. William was the 14th Laird of Dunain and last in the line. He served time in the army in the Persian Gulf and the exposure to the sun during this period is eventually blamed for his mental problems.

William has spent some time at Dr Rees' establishment for the mentally ill in London. The doctor reports that William seems reconciled to his situation. He is eating and sleeping well and plays and writes music. The only thing he seems to object to is being shaved and therefore Dr Rees has allowed him to forego this ordeal.

The doctor advises against writing to William and concludes by hoping that WIlliam will still recover from his illness


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Letter from Dr Rees, London to Mrs Baillie, regarding William Baillie's health, page 3

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1810s

Baillies of Dunain; Highland Archive; mental health; William Baillie; correspondence; letters

Highland Archive Centre

Baillie of Dunain family papers

The Baillies of Dunain were an Inverness family who lived in and around the area from the mid-15th century onwards. Although their estate was small in comparison with many of the principal Highland families, they occupied a niche in the upper levels of Highland society.<br /> <br /> A substantial collection of the family's papers is held by The Highland Council Archive Service. The papers cover the period c.1760-1860.<br /> <br /> This document is dated 14 March 1815. It is a letter from Dr Rees of London to Mrs Isabella Baillie on the subject of her son William's mental illness. William was the 14th Laird of Dunain and last in the line. He served time in the army in the Persian Gulf and the exposure to the sun during this period is eventually blamed for his mental problems. <br /> <br /> William has spent some time at Dr Rees' establishment for the mentally ill in London. The doctor reports that William seems reconciled to his situation. He is eating and sleeping well and plays and writes music. The only thing he seems to object to is being shaved and therefore Dr Rees has allowed him to forego this ordeal.<br /> <br /> The doctor advises against writing to William and concludes by hoping that WIlliam will still recover from his illness <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service