Do not tell!

 

 

When researching the records of the cemetery, there was a few entries that stopped me in my tracks, and working in 3rd Sector mental health where I fight to remove the stigma and shame that still surrounds mental health made it that little more poignant and heart wrenching.

 

 

The second entry in the cemetery register book is Jane Dougall Boyle, where it is documented she was Pauper Lunatic within Hartwood Asylum with a funeral dated of 11/09/1896.

 

 

So what made me stop and pause for a moment ... noted in the column under parents it clearly states ‘Unknown as Daughter not to know names of parents’

 

 

I can not say why she was not allowed to know who her parents were, I can not say why any parent would ‘hide’ from their child but I do find it sad that she must have been so alone and ‘lost’ with no family identity or history to call her own.

 

 

At least she is not alone anymore, as she is buried alongwith Janet Cameron in Lair 2