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: Scotland

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

A Kindly Man

This article continues Dr Sutherland’s reminiscences of his Glasgow childhood. One man owned a lot of pubs, and he was a very kind man because he gave silver watches to … Continue reading

1 January 2020 · Leave a comment

Glasgow chimneys

G.K. Chesterton described Dr Sutherland as “a born writer, especially a born story-teller.” The following passage is as good an example as any of Dr Sutherland’s craft and is the … Continue reading

1 December 2019 · Leave a comment

“It can’t be done.”

This postcard from George Bernard Shaw was among Dr Sutherland’s personal papers. Dated 4th August 1921, it read: It can’t be done. Thinking comes under the head of infamous professional … Continue reading

1 August 2019 · Leave a comment

The Context of “John M’Neil”

The last post outlined that “The Story of John M’Neil” can now be viewed at the British Film Institute website. In this post, I have set out the context of … Continue reading

25 April 2018 · 1 Comment

Britain’s 1st Public Health Cinema Film

Dr Halliday Sutherland produced Britain’s first public health cinema film. The film, The Story of John M’Neil, is available through the good works of the British Film Institute. You can view … Continue reading

24 April 2018 · 2 Comments

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
2.5 years to go.