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From: Charani <>
Subject: Re: [LON] A Little Insane
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 13:32:37 +0100
Jane Kelly wrote:
> It sounds curious doesn't it. I would guess it means he had a disorder
> such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy so either had convulsions or had
> jerky movements and couldn't speak properly. I know in the 19th century
> neural disabilities were clearly defined but whether this extended to
> insanity, I do not know..
Several people have suggested epilepsy as a possible reason and most
times epilepsy is a life long condition but it is something that can
be "grown out of" (my dau did). So it could well be that.
Mild cerebral palsy is also a possibility, esp as one of the "side
effects" of CP is epilepsy, both of which my son has.
> Perhaps he had what today we would call
> Attention defecit hyperactive disorder (AD/HD) and appeared a little crazy.
Someone else suggested ADHD but I don't think it would have been that.
A child with ADHD would grow to be an adult with ADHD. Although he
may have had severe temper tantrums, symptom of both ADHD and ASD, the
latter also being a suggestion.
> Conversely, I had a gt grand aunt described as "idiot blind" on the 1871
> census. although she was a scholar in previous census records. She died
> in 1879. aged 36 just after her mother died..
That suggests an accident of some sort possibly as a result of her
> I hope you solve your family mystery,
I don't know that I'll ever be able to do that conclusively but I may
be able to get a fairly good idea :))
Many thanks for your input. Tis much appreciated.
OPC for Walton, SOM