Talk to Dingwall History Society

On Tuesday 3rd November I was asked to speak to Dingwall History Scociety at the Lower Town Hall. Approximately 40 people attended.

I made the point about the political backdrop of the time with the Vatersay land grab, crofting settlements and the Irish reform agenda and was interested to hear afterwards that on one my neighbours has a minute book of the local branch of the Highland Land Reform Group with vivid descriptions of civil action. I also heard a lot more about my predecessors at the practice…

The structure of the talk was:-

  • Introduction
  • My interest in the subject including some of the characters who have preceded me as GP locally
  • Historical background to the creation of the commission
  • How they collected the evidence
  • What they found, using evidence from Dingwall, Maryburgh, Garve and Ullapool to give a local context, but also the more general points
  • The Dewar recommendations
  • The progress achieved by the HIMS
  • The legacy of HIMS and the NHS
  • Its relevance to the modern NHS
  • A rundown of what our group has planned for 2012

The Zumba class above us was only a mild distraction, and no harm came from having to help the Janny eject an inebriated local youth!


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