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Written statement regarding the mental state of Mr William Baillie, page 2
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Z_GB232_D456_A_8_129_2
PLACENAME
Dunain
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
n/a
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Highland Archive Centre
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4938
KEYWORDS
Baillies of Dunain
Highland Archive
mental health
William Baillie
correspondence
letters
Written statement regarding the mental state of Mr William Baillie, page 2

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 is a written statement entitled 'Case of Mr W B'. It refers to Mr William Baillie (the 14th Laird of Dunain and last of the line) who suffered from mental illness for much of his life. He had been taken into care on the 27 October 1817 by the signatory (presumably a doctor). The doctor states that it was necessary to administer mercury for the first six weeks that Willliam was in his care.

With regards to William's constitution the doctor adds that his appetite is good and he has been sleeping well. He goes on to say that William is neither passionate, irritable nor melancholy.

The doctor concludes by stating that William's illness is not hereditary but has been caused by too much exposure to the sun. (William had been an officer in the army and had spent time in the Persian Gulf.) The doctor diagnoses 'brain fever, a disorder from which the brain never recovers'


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Written statement regarding the mental state of Mr William Baillie, page 2

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

Baillies of Dunain; Highland Archive; mental health; William Baillie; 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 is a written statement entitled 'Case of Mr W B'. It refers to Mr William Baillie (the 14th Laird of Dunain and last of the line) who suffered from mental illness for much of his life. He had been taken into care on the 27 October 1817 by the signatory (presumably a doctor). The doctor states that it was necessary to administer mercury for the first six weeks that Willliam was in his care.<br /> <br /> With regards to William's constitution the doctor adds that his appetite is good and he has been sleeping well. He goes on to say that William is neither passionate, irritable nor melancholy. <br /> <br /> The doctor concludes by stating that William's illness is not hereditary but has been caused by too much exposure to the sun. (William had been an officer in the army and had spent time in the Persian Gulf.) The doctor diagnoses 'brain fever, a disorder from which the brain never recovers' <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