Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Centenary of the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial

On 21st February 1923, the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial opened in the High Court in London. While the case is cited in libel battles today, it has greater significance … Continue reading

1 February 2023 · Leave a comment

The Gold Pin in the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial

What was the Gold Pin? The “Gold Pin” (also called the “Gold Spring” and “Wishbone Pessary”) was a device promoted by Dr Marie Stopes. While she believed that it was … Continue reading

15 January 2023 · Leave a comment

Listen to the Jerm Warfare interview here

In case you missed it, here is a recording of the interview I did with Jeremy Nell on his Jerm Warfare Radio Show: https://tntradiolive.podbean.com/e/mark-sutherland-on-jerm-warfare-with-jeremy-nell-2-january-2023/ TNT Radio’s description: “On today’s show … Continue reading

4 January 2023 · Leave a comment

Live interview later today [2 January 2023]

I’m going to be interviewed on TNT Radio later today [2 January 2023] (in around 1 hour and 20 minutes time). You can listen to it live at TNTRadio.live at … Continue reading

2 January 2023 · Leave a comment

Stopes v. Sutherland 1923: A last-minute change

One-hundred years ago, the preparations for the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial were in earnest. In November 1922, Mr. Percy Braby (plaintiff’s solicitor) had conferred with Sir Hugh Fraser as … Continue reading

1 January 2023 · Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

As another year draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your interest in Dr. Halliday Sutherland’s story. It has been a good year: 19 articles posted, … Continue reading

15 December 2022 · Leave a comment

Six Books About Stopes v. Sutherland (1923)

This article outlines six books that touch on the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial (1923-24). Marie Stopes Her Work and Her Play (1933) Aylmer Maude 1933 John Bale, Sons & … Continue reading

8 December 2022 · Leave a comment

A put up job?

There were (and are) those who believe that Dr. Sutherland’s attack on Marie Stopes’ work was instigated and financed by the Catholic Church. In other words, that it was a … Continue reading

1 December 2022 · Leave a comment

The Election Questionaire

On this day one-hundred years ago, Britain was in the grip of an election campaign. The polling that took place on Wednesday 15th November 1922 led to the formation of … Continue reading

8 November 2022 · Leave a comment

A debate with Lord Dawson of Penn, 1936

Seen through contemporary eyes, the birth control debate of 100-years ago was primarily about contraception, and it features religious patriarchs opposing the liberation of women. Yet a November 1936 debate … Continue reading

7 November 2022 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
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