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TITLE
Letter from Dr Rees, London giving account of William Baillie's mental health, page 5
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D456_A_8_26_5
PLACENAME
Dunain
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1817
PERIOD
1810s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
4926
KEYWORDS
Baillies of Dunain
mental health
Highland Archive
brain fever
East India Company
doctors
prescriptions
correspondence
letters
Letter from Dr Rees, London giving account of William Baillie's mental health, page 5

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 18 December 1817. It is a letter from Dr G Rees to a member of the Baillie family (it is addressed 'Dear Sir'). In it, the doctor gives his opinion of William Baillie's mental illness. William was the 14th Laird of Dunain and last of the line.

The doctor has decided that William is incurable and that the cause of his condition is a 'brain fever' brought on by exposure to the sun. (William served time abroad with the East India Company). The doctor describes William's condition as an 'idiopathic disease'- an alteration of the brain's structure.

He prescribes nothing more than the maintenance of good health - the bowels should be kept regular, stress should be avoided, regular hours should be kept and the patient should get as much exercise as possible. He suggests administering 'sulphate of magnesia' (Epsom Salts) in an infusion of senna.

Dr Rees hopes to be proved wrong in his diagnosis and is quite happy that his letter be shown to Dr Baillie


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Letter from Dr Rees, London giving account of William Baillie's mental health, page 5

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1810s

Baillies of Dunain; mental health; Highland Archive; brain fever; East India Company; doctors; prescriptions; correspondence; letters

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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 18 December 1817. It is a letter from Dr G Rees to a member of the Baillie family (it is addressed 'Dear Sir'). In it, the doctor gives his opinion of William Baillie's mental illness. William was the 14th Laird of Dunain and last of the line.<br /> <br /> The doctor has decided that William is incurable and that the cause of his condition is a 'brain fever' brought on by exposure to the sun. (William served time abroad with the East India Company). The doctor describes William's condition as an 'idiopathic disease'- an alteration of the brain's structure. <br /> <br /> He prescribes nothing more than the maintenance of good health - the bowels should be kept regular, stress should be avoided, regular hours should be kept and the patient should get as much exercise as possible. He suggests administering 'sulphate of magnesia' (Epsom Salts) in an infusion of senna.<br /> <br /> Dr Rees hopes to be proved wrong in his diagnosis and is quite happy that his letter be shown to Dr Baillie <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