Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue

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This engaging story of an eighteenth century Scottish laird whose brief arranged marriage was annulled on the grounds of his mental capacity - which seen through modern eyes can be identified as autism. It is a story of villainy and innocence, and provides a fascinating historical context to which the latest theories on autism are applied.

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Written in a lively style, this unique collaboration between a social historian & a cognitive scientist studies the case of an 18th century Scottish landowner who, regarded as a "fool", was actually autistic.

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This case study is the result of a unique collaboration between asocial historian and a cognitive scientist. It examines theenigmatic case of Hugh Blair, an eighteenth century Scottish'laird' or landowner, whose arranged marriage was annulled on thegrounds of his mental incapacity. Through an in-depth study of theevidence surrounding the case, the authors conclude that Blair, whowas classed at the time as a 'fool', was in fact autistic.


Writing in a lively and engaging style, the authors draw togetherwitness statements from court records with a wide range of otherdocumentation to set the sociohistoric scene for the case. Thisprovides a fascinating context to which the latest theories onautism are applied.


This book will not only intrigue both historians and psychologistsbut will also appeal to a wider audience for its study of thiscompelling and deeply affecting human story.

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