20th January 1813

James Campbell late at Footagreen was found dead on the road leading to the Orchard about ½ mile from Skeoch where he lived.  He has left a widow with six helpless children besides four who are grown up.


5 thoughts on “20th January 1813

  1. I find myself comparing and contrasting between ‘then’ and ‘now’ once again. In the modern day, this would have been a Facebook status update or a Tweet and would have been followed swiftly by wild (and sometimes disparaging) speculations about the details surrounding the death.

    I also find it interesting that, as a doctor, the author didn’t add more detail to the situation. It seems that Dr Lucas’ diary is a record of fact as opposed to a recording of personal reflection. It would be interesting to see how someone else of the era (a woman maybe?) would have recorded the event.

    • Hello Frances,
      Good point – we don’t know whether Dr Lucas is exhibiting ‘professional detachment’ or if he was simply not someone with lots of empathy. Perhaps this was typical of a middle class professional man of the era? On one hand this lack of empathy means we do not have a record of his more personal views or indepth reading of a situation, but on the other this may mean he simply records events with relevant facts as they happened, mostly without personal bias. He clearly thought the events in his diary worth recording, so they must have connected with him on some level. (When he records instances where his tenants have fallen behind on their rent or where business partners have ‘wronged’ him, he becomes signigicantly more opinionated).

      It does make you wonder though, what sort of reading would Mrs Lucas’s diary have made? What a pity no such document exists!

      (Stirling Council Archive)

  2. I may have missed this from earlier posts but how did the diary come into the hands of the archives. Where has it been these last two hundred years is the question that interests me I suppose. Thanks for some great work.

    • Hello Peter,

      As far as we know, the diaries turned up in an Edinburgh second hand book shop c. 1900 (this was recorded by the ‘Stirling Antiquary’ when they published some items from the diaries in the 1920s). The came into the hands of one William Bowie Cook, a very well known Stirling editor (he was proprietor and editor of the ‘Stirling Sentinetl’ newspaper) and antiquarian. Cook died in April 1912, and his papers were placed with Stirling Public Library a few years later in 1919. The ‘W B Cook Collection’, reference PD16, moved to the Archive in 1977 which is where it has been looked after ever since.

      I suppose the biggest mystery is what happened to the diaries between Dr Lucas’s death and their eventual discovery in Edinburgh by W B Cook. The odds of these diaries surviving is astonishing – we’re very grateful they passed through the hands of careful guardians such as W B Cook until they found safe harbour in Stirling Council Archive.

      Thank you so much for your comment – Stirling Council Archive

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