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There has been a ‘curling pond’ within the grounds the place, in iciness, capable bodied inmates may possibly perform the sport of ‘curling’, which was once well known in Scotland and consisted in rolling heavy, delicate, around stones throughout a sheet if ice. It was once now not until eventually 1840 that the 1st doctor superintendent Dr William McKirnon of Aberdeen used to be appointed. lower than his aegis, sufferers have been taught carpentry, tailoring, shoe-making, basket-making, book-binding, and printing, with gardening and pig-keeping being provided as outside occupations. one other innovation used to be for a former schoolmaster to be introduced in to coach these sufferers who have been illiterate. Jane Upton McDougall’s appointment as matron coincided with Dr McKirnon’s arrival. the previous used to be the 1st matron ‘with any semblance of genuine nursing adventure at the back of her. ’5 In that very same 12 months, plans have been submitted by means of architect William Burn, for a brand new three-storey asylum, therefore referred to as ‘West residence’ (the unique development, for that reason referred to as ‘East House’, being reserved for fee-paying patients). West condo, which used to be no longer totally accomplished until eventually the 1860s, was once specified by the form of a letter ‘H’ and consisted of workrooms, dayrooms, toilets, sickrooms, dormitories, a room for ‘dirty’ sufferers and ‘cells’ for ‘noisy patients’. The presence of iron grilles of comparable trend at the back of a few of the ‘small-pane sashes’ (sash home windows) point out that for many of the sufferers, at any expense, this used to be a safe institution from which they weren't meant to stray! 6 The ‘airing galleries’ at the top degrees have been possibly the place sufferers have been accepted to take the air. on the rear have been the kitchen and eating corridor. become independent from this have been the laundry, the clinic, and a home for ‘refractory patients’. whilst, in 1846, Dr McKirnon retired, he was once succeeded through Dr David Skae who instigated scientific lectures in psychiatry on the asylum. on the time of Charles Doyle’s admission in January 1892, the surgeon superintendent used to be Dr Thomas Smith Clouston. Charles Doyle’s notes from his time on the Royal Edinburgh Asylum are nonetheless extant; being stored within the ‘West condo’ casebook – indicating that this is often the place he was once incarcerated. So why, as a fee-paying sufferer, did he now not stay at East apartment? the answer's that during West House’s 4 lodging blocks, sufferers have been divided into the next different types and strictly segregated from each other: male paupers, woman paupers, male top category sufferers and feminine higher classification sufferers. In different phrases, Charles used to be categorized as an ‘upper type sufferer’ who may well come up with the money for to pay intermediate-level charges yet now not within the comparable league as those that may possibly find the money for to pay the costs of the extra sumptuous East residence! within the phrases of Harriet Richardson, ‘The Enlightenment which came about within the latter a part of the eighteenth century produced a extra humanitarian angle to the stipulations of the insane. ‘7 The names Alsager Hay Hill, John Connolly, William Tuke and Philippe Pinel have already been pointed out relating to the Montrose Royal Asylum, and it seems that Pinel (1745–1826) can have motivated the ethos of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum additionally, as evidenced via the ‘Mask of Pinel’: a bust of his face which seems to be at the arch above the unique front.