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Lord Kinnear and a jury sat in the Court of Session on 22nd April for the purpose of enquiring whether Christopher Seton is insane or not. The application was presented by James Wallace Seton, Edinburgh, a brother of the ward.—Dr. Clouston, Superintendent of the Royal Morningside Asylum, stated that Christopher Seton was brought to the asylum on 6th April, 1887, under a warrant by the Sheriff. Witness reported to the Commissioners that Mr. Seton was suffering from mania. At that time Mr. Seton believed that he was heir to one of the Scottish Earldoms. He was violent in his conduct, dangerous to others, and by reason of his morbid exaltation of mind, was quite unable to look after himself or his affairs. At present he was not so acutely insane as he was when admitted to Morningside, but he still entertained the same general kind of delusions. He now believed that Craig House, where he lived, and which was part of the asylum, belonged to him, and all that it contained. He heard voices that did not exist. He was incoherent, and was unable to carry on rational conversation or to take a rational interest in reading. In the opinion of witness Mr. Seton was absolutely incapable of taking care of himself or of looking after his affairs. His mental condition was worse as regards the prospect of recovery than when he entered the asylum. Physically he was in excellent health.—Dr. Middlemas, Assistant Superintendent Craig House, corroborated.—James Wallace Seton stated in evidence that he was the only surviving brother of the ward, who was never married.—The jury retired to see Christopher Seton, who was in one of the adjoining rooms, and on their return answered that in their opinion Christopher Seton was insane, and that his brother was his nearest agnate, or male relative.

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