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.

Who are the Unfit?

One challenge for eugenists is identifying and separating the “fit” from the “unfit”. Dr Halliday Sutherland made these suggestions in his 1925 book, Birth Control Exposed. In addition, he identified … Continue reading

1 August 2020 · Leave a comment

“Yes” to consistency (3/3)

“China is forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an apparent attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uighurs, according to new research.” China … Continue reading

12 July 2020 · 1 Comment

“Yes” to accurate history (2/3)

Essays and articles about British eugenicists are often based on the assumption that eugenic principles were not put into practice in Britain.[1] As a result, the degree to which British … Continue reading

3 July 2020 · Leave a comment

“No” to cancel culture… (1/3)

University College London has cancelled Galton and Pearson on the grounds of eugenics, yet it continues to celebrate Dr Marie Stopes. A suggestion to replace their names with those who fought against eugenics.

1 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Experimental Open-air Class, Regent’s Park

This is Dr Halliday Sutherland’s Report on Working of Experimental Open-Air Class in Regent’s Park. It appeared in the first annual report of the St Marylebone Dispensary for the Prevention … Continue reading

1 June 2020 · Leave a comment

The Pollockshaws murderer

This post continues Dr Halliday Sutherland’s reminiscences of his Glasgow childhood. His father, John Francis Sutherland, was medical officer to the Barlinnie Gaol, Glasgow. Outside the north wall of the … Continue reading

2 May 2020 · Leave a comment

Charging Thunder

When Halliday Sutherland was a boy, he saw Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Glasgow. He later described it as “the best entertainment of my childhood… a better show for boys … Continue reading

2 April 2020 · Leave a comment

Burying Eugenics to Save Marie Stopes

Dr Marie Stopes is a key figure in the foundation myth of the British birth-control movement. The established narrative of a woman acting selflessly to give her poorer sisters reproductive … Continue reading

17 March 2020 · Leave a comment

Burying Galton to Save Eugenics

One month ago, there was a furore over eugenics in the British press. For all the protestations that eugenics had no place in modern Britain, it now appears that the … Continue reading

15 March 2020 · 1 Comment

Glasgow Necropolis

Continuing the series of Dr Sutherland’s childhood memories of Glasgow. My playground was the Necropolis on the hill to the right of the Cathedral. To enter you cross “The Bridge … Continue reading

1 March 2020 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.5 years to go.