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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