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.

Category Archives: A Time to Keep

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

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

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

Pope Pius XI

Dr Sutherland attended an audience with Pope Pius XI in Christmas 1930. At Christmas 1930 I was in Rome, and the rector of the English College arranged a private audience … Continue reading

1 March 2019 · Leave a comment

Anniversary

Dr Sutherland died on this day in 1960. “A return to Arcadia” by Halliday Sutherland I went in fear and trembling lest the place in reality should be less wonderful than … Continue reading

19 April 2018 · 3 Comments

The Experiment

In A Time to Keep, Dr Sutherland wrote about an experiment with cannabis indica. After dinner the four of us went off in my dingy upstream as far as Battlebridge. … Continue reading

1 May 2017 · 1 Comment

A return to Arcadia

Halliday Sutherland wrote in a style that at first sight appears to be economical, yet it is also very evocative.  The example given here is Dr. Sutherland’s description of his return to “Arcadia”. I made a pilgrimage two summers … Continue reading

1 May 2016 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.4 years to go.