SR’s editor compiled many thousands of notes for his books ‘The Invisible Spirit’ and ‘The Broken Journey’ on the life of Scotland between 1945 and 1999. Many of minor interest never found their way into print. For a new daily series, he has rescued some of these abandoned scraps from the dustbin of history.
Eve of poll, general election, 17 June 1970
The Scottish mountaineer and writer Tom Weir was recovering in hospital after falling 100ft while climbing in the Trossachs. One of the hand-holds snapped off and he and his companion Leonard Lovat (a procurator fiscal in Glasgow) both began to fall. Lovat was aware of Weir ‘coming at him like a high diver’ before they hurtled onto a steep heather slope.
The silent accused
Mali Rajan Singh, 37, who had failed to speak during four previous appearances at Glasgow sheriff court, was found insane and unfit to plead to charges of police assault and resisting arrest. A consultant psychiatrist said he had examined Singh on a number of occasions and each time he stayed silent. The court was told that Singh had come to this country 10 years earlier, bought his wife a house, then went to stay elsewhere. On occasions when he visited his wife, they seldom spoke. It was stated that he owned four grocery shops in Glasgow. The sheriff ordered the silent accused to be detained in a psychiatric hospital.
In John O’Groats, Alex Sinclair, a 66-year-old crofter, was wakened early by the barking of his dog Charlie and found that an intruder had entered his field and pasted a ‘Vote Labour’ poster on an Aberdeen-Angus bull. He replaced it with a Liberal one.
Tomorrow: Love in a piggery