Cullen

The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[Case ID:1156]: Case of Miss MacDuff: complex set of letters relating to the Macduff family.

Documents in this case

6 document(s) found in this case.

DOC IDSummaryDate
[DOC ID:2802] 
Letter from Janet Macduff to her brother, Alexander Macduff, relating the news of their young niece Augusta's death. The letter was first sent to Peter Duff in Perth and then William MacDonald in Edinburgh because Janet does not know where to reach her brother. Since the letter was passed on and later correspondence confirms Alexander was in Edinburgh, Perth is not marked as destination of this letter. 27 April 1786
 
[DOC ID:2956] 
Letter from Janet MacDuff to her brother, Alexander MacDuff. She writes concerning her state of mind; that Jackey had a letter from Miss Annie Bannerman; that Miss Hunter is still staying with them; that the current price of a horse is monstrous; and that Mr Barty was chosen as a member of the Assembly. She laments of the lack of entertaining books in Mr B's library, as his collection is mostly for his own use. 16 May 1786
 
[DOC ID:2954] 
Letter from Alexander MacDuff, concerning the case of his sister, Janet MacDuff, who, he claims, has been deprived of the use of her reason. MacDuff mentions that Mr Wood has also written to Cullen about the case. He also notes that he had visted Cullen's home that afternoon. The date of this letter is inferred from letter 2937 which discusses Alexander MacDuff's forthcoming visit to Cullen. November? 1786?
 
[DOC ID:2937] 
Letter from Colin Baxter to Alexander MacDuff, concerning the case of Janet Macduff, Baxter's sister-law and MacDuff's sister. The first two pages, also written by Baxter, contain a report of Janet MacDuff's condition to be passed on to Cullen. Baxter asks MacDuff to get advice from Cullen in writing, as he does not trust Dr W(ood) to faithfully follow Cullen's prescriptions in the depth of Winter. The annotated date added on final page (6 Nov 1786) seems to be incorrect as Baxter dates his letter 29 Nov 1786. 29 November 1786
 
[DOC ID:2948] 
Letter from Robert Wood concerning the case of Janet McDuff. He writes that Miss McDuff's previous anxiety has been worsened by the death of her niece and led to 'insanity' which leaves her in danger of self harm. Wood includes a report of the treatments the patient has undergone and notes she currently lives in 'a very retired country place, attended by two Maids, and is I believe fully better and more tenderly cared for, than she would be in any place of confinement'. 24 December 1786
 
[DOC ID:5376] 
Reply 'For Miss McDuff'. Cullen believes Janet MacDuff's case to be entirely 'from an affection of the mind' and therefore curable. He suggests that she be kept somewhere away from new things and that she should have a keeper. He recommends corporal punishment only in extreme circumstances. 28 December 1786
 

People involved in this case

20 found.

PERS IDFull Name
[PERS ID: 3266] Jeany
[PERS ID: 3279] Mary
[PERS ID: 3265] Miss Annie Bannermann
[PERS ID: 3268] Mr Barty
[PERS ID: 3263] Jacobina Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID: 3269] Colin Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID: 3278] Miss Augusta Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID: 1] Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3277] Mrs Duff (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3280] Jocky Duff (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3281] Mr Peter Duff (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3267] Miss Betty Hunter (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3282] Mr William MacDonald (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID: 3262] Miss Janet MacDuff (McDuff)
[PERS ID: 3264] Mr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard)
[PERS ID: 1372] Sir William Murray (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID: 3276] Patrick Murray (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID: 3283] Ogilvie (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID: 101] Dr Robert Wood (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID: 588] Mr Alexander Wood (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)

Unique Places linked to this Case

11 found.

TypeSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
SpecificMrs Martins Anderson Stairs, Parliament Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificMrs Fergusson's Custom House stairs, Parliament Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificWilliam McDonald's (solicitor) office, New Town Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place Perthshire Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place Tippermuir (Tibbermore) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place Bonhard Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place Crieff Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

Places and role of place

15 found.

TypeRoleSpecific Place Village/Town/City (aka) Region Country Continent Confidence
SpecificPlace of WritingCullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Writing Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
SpecificPlace of WritingMrs Martins Anderson Stairs, Parliament Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceDestination of Letter Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe inferred
SpecificDestination of LetterMrs Fergusson's Custom House stairs, Parliament Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
SpecificDestination of LetterWilliam McDonald's (solicitor) office, New Town Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Perthshire Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Tippermuir (Tibbermore) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlaceMentioned / Other Bonhard Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
PlacePlace of Handstamp Crieff Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain