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.

“No” to cancel culture… (1/2)

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

Opposing Eugenics, then and now

No one warned me that this week was “Eugenics Week” in Britain, so recent events took me by surprise. In my previous post, I discussed the resignation of Andrew Sabisky … Continue reading

21 February 2020 · 4 Comments

A double standard

On Monday, 17th February 2020, British media reported the resignation of Mr Andrew Sabisky, an adviser to the British government. Newspaper reports, such as this one in The Guardian, attributed … Continue reading

20 February 2020 · Leave a comment

Clydebank and Gourock

Continuing the series of childhood reminiscences of Dr Halliday Sutherland: launching ships, toy boats and a susceptible curate. In my childhood many steamers were built and launched between Clydebank and … Continue reading

1 February 2020 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.6 years to go.