Entertainment at Gartnavel, February 1866

An article on page four of The Glasgow Herald, on Saturday the 10th of February, 1866, reads:


“ENTERTAINMENT AT GARTNAVEL. – On Thursday evening last there took place one of those

entertainments which have now become a pleasant institution in the Gartnavel Asylum. The

proceedings began with a grand miscellaneous concert in the west wing, which was followed by

rather a novelty in this part of the building, namely, a quadrille, in which several of the inmates

and visitors joined. After being served with refreshments, the party adjourned to the east house,

where Mr. George Roy, who was the presiding genius of the evening, delivered the substance of

his oration on ‘The Art of Pleasing.’ Here also an excellent concert was given, a prominent

feature of which was the very tasteful recitation of Sheriff Bell’s ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ by one of

the lady patients. After the singing of Auld Lang-syne by the whole company, there was a great deal

of hearty dancing, in which visitors, nurses, and patients alike enthusiastically joined. Bailie Wm.

Brown ably filled the chair, and both he and several other gentlemen, in proposing the customary

vote of thanks, gave expression to the great pleasure they had enjoyed in all the proceedings of the



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