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From: "Sarah Galbraith" <>
Subject: RE: [LKS] Death by "Gravel"
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 18:13:53 -0000
For those interested in the messages about Gravel, here is a "remedy" from
'McNeil of Carskey', an edited version of an estate journal of 1703 - 1743.
The estate is in south Argyll.
Ane Excellent remedy for the gravel
Take ane quart of white wine & take into ane Glass yrof [thereof?] for nine
mornings nine slatters [woodlice, locally called slaters nowadays] being
dried & bruised into powder wt the juice of three [word illegible] onions
being strained through a clean cloath, also put ane ordinary Dram of brandy
into the Glass of white wine qch [which] quantity drink for the sd space of
Nine mornings & itt will cure yow. "
Thank heavens for modern medicine!
From: Marilyn Ainslie [mailto:]
Sent: 16 December 2005 17:15
Subject: Re: [LKS] Death by "Gravel"
"a disease characterised by small stones which are formed in the kidneys,
passed along the ureters to the bladder, and expelled with the urine."
ie kidney stones.
On 16 Dec 2005 at 11:30, wrote:
> I am cross-posting this to several Lists, hoping to find a Lister with
> knowledge of medical terms (presumably ancient ones).
> I have found several deaths listed, first in the Orkney OPRs and now in
> Perthshire OPRs, giving the cause of death as "of a Gravel". When I first
> it a couple of years ago I thought it was a "one-off" odd expression. Now
> find several instances of it, and so realize it was not so uncommon.
> Can anyone explain the meaning of this? The cases I have found were all
> the 1600s and 1700s.
> Ken Harrison
> North Vancouver, Canada
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