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.

HGS Watch

I set up this website to celebrate the life and work of Dr Halliday Sutherland and to provide a resource for historians and researchers.

Sutherland is often remembered today for the libel action brought against him by Marie Stopes in 1922. When this is recounted, I repeatedly find that:

  • he is poorly-researched. The result is that a courageous, principled, resourceful and witty man is distorted to a one-dimensional figure who bears no relation to the person who lived.
  • his speaking out against the eugenic campaign to limit the reproduction rights of poor and working-class Britons is not mentioned.

Where I find articles that inaccurately depict Sutherland, I contact the author/publisher to let them know. Sometimes I contact them to let them know about the new research. This HGS Watch section provides details of this correspondence. My aim is that when articles concern Halliday Sutherland, they are accurate.

Mark Sutherland, curator, hallidaysutherland.com


  1. “Biography Online”.
  2. “Norman Haire and the Study of Sex” by Diana Wyndham.
  3. “The compulsory pregnancy lobby: then and now.” Marie Stopes Memorial Lecture, 1975 by Madeleine Simms.
  4. “The Trial of Marie Stopes” by Muriel Box.
  5. Atlas Obscura article 10 June 2016.
  6. B.B.C. “Historic Figures” article.
  7. Daily Telegraph, London. 16th October 2015.
  8. digpodcast.org “Marie Stopes: Pioneer of Married Sexual Pleasure, Birth Control and Eugenics”
  9. Museum für Verhütung und Schwangerschaftsabbruch (Museum for Contraception and Abortion).
  10. Scottish Review article “Marie Stopes’s Victory from Libel Defeat”.
  11. Socialist Party of Great Britain.
  12. Spartacus Educational.
  13. The Luther Skald: “Birth Control among the British Working Class, 1900-1930”.
  14. theheroinecollective.com “The Trials of Marie Stopes”.
  15. UKEssays.com “A Sexual Revolution”.
  16. Your Dictionary: “Marie Stopes Facts”.
  17. BNA Blog “Dr. Marie Stopes – A Burning Sympathy for All Oppressed Women”.

(List last updated December 2017).

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