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

At Lourdes 4

This is the fourth excerpt from Dr. Sutherland’s account of his visit to Lourdes in 1923. On going to Lourdes I went in a sceptical mood. Most doctors are sceptical … Continue reading

1 January 2021 · Leave a comment

At Lourdes 3

This is the third instalment of Dr. Sutherland’s account of his visit to Lourdes in his 1934 book, A Time To Keep. On the evidence Bernadette was in a state … Continue reading

1 December 2020 · Leave a comment

At Lourdes 2

In this second installment of Dr. Sutherland’s visit to Lourdes in 1923, he continues the story of Bernadette Soubirous and her visions in the grotto at Massabielle (for Part 1, … Continue reading

1 November 2020 · Leave a comment

At Lourdes 1

In 1923, Dr Sutherland visited Lourdes. He wrote about it in A Time to Keep 1934: In July 1923, of my way to a spa in the Pyrenees, I stopped … Continue reading

1 October 2020 · 2 Comments

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

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.1 years to go.