David Scrimgeour

David Scrimgeour

Inverness born David Scrimgeour emigrated to Yorkshire in 1976. After 35 successful years in IT sales a career break provided the opportunity to follow his dreams to become an author.

While studying for his PG Dip in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldic Studies David first came across the fascinating collection of early asylum records housed at the West Yorkshire archives in Wakefield. Three years of research went into producing David’s first book: Proper People. Early Asylum Life in the Words of Those Who Were There released in early 2016.

David blogs at www.davidscrimgeour.co.uk and www.earlyasylumlife.uk publishing innovative articles relating to what he is studying today and what he has found in the asylum archives.

Early Asylum Life in the Words of Those Who Were There


The audience travels back in time, becoming a “fly on the wall” in one of the 19th century’s earliest County Asylums in England, the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Yorkshire which opened in 1818. The voices of the insane poor are heard through the words of their physicians, relatives, and very specially, the patients themselves, […]

Lunatics Poor