M J (9529)

Admission Details for Patient: M J (9529)

Gender: Female Age: 64
Marital Status: Single Religion: Congregationalist
Occupation: Charwoman
Address: Colwyn Bay, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: October 26, 1920
Date of Death: January 26, 1922
Cause of Death:

Disease: Delusional insanity
Supposed Cause: None stated

Medical Certificate:
(a) She tells me that John Williams of Llywesog (Hall)* lives next door, comes to her house at night, drops her from her bed on the floor and goes to her bed himself, half starving her (all a delusion), people come in and continually steal things (all imaginary), some person has left her millions of money. (b) Mrs M W, Colwyn Bay (neighbour) says she continually accuses her neighbours of stealing all kinds of things which has no foundation in fact, all her neighbours look upon her as totally unsound mentally. Dr. Price Morris, Old Colwyn, 26th Oct 1920.

Approximate duration of present attack: Some years

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: no

Suicidal: no

Dangerous: no

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:



Physical/Mental State at Examination: Poor health and condition and has cardiac and arterial disease. Albumenuria.

Current Diagnosis: Unspecified organic disorder (F09)

Case Notes

1920 Oct 26 - Talkative and has very exalted ideas and delusions of wealth. She also has aural hallucinations.

She is able however to give a fairly rational account of herself.

29 (copy) - Suffering from delusional insanity.

She has delusions of great wealth. She states that she has millions of money and several large estates although she has never seen the estates or handled the money. She states she has been told this by a certain Captain Wilbraham who speaks to her through what she calls the devils. She has hallucinations of hearing. Her memory is quite good and she can otherwise give a rational account of herself.

Nov 7 - No change.

15 - Still deluded and aural hallucinations are present.

Well conducted but keeps to herself rather.

23 - No change.

1921 Jan to Apr - No further change.

July 1 - Still deluded but well conducted and usefully employed in workroom. Does not realise her position.

Sept 27 (copy) - Suffering from Delusional Insanity.

States that there are millions of money due to her and that they are being kept for her by the Bank of England and she is waiting to be taken to London to claim them.

States that when at home she was visited by a man named John Williams who came to her at night, also by other men. She states she hears voices speaking to her continually having reference chiefly to her money affairs.

She is well behaved and useful.

Nov 15 - She had a heart attack this morning but soon recovered. Removed to sick Ward.

1922 Jan 5 - Up in the ward but very feeble.

21 - Had several slight seizures during the night. Left side is partly paralysed and she is unconscious.

26 - Died at 8.45 pm.


Additional Notes

* Llewesog Hall in Llanrhaeadr-Yng-Nghinmeirch, not far from he asylum at Denbigh, is a gentry house, the seat of the Price family in the late16th and early 17th centuries.

The house was in the ownership of a branch of the Mostyn family from around 1800 but subsequently passed to the Williams family.

Members of the Williams family - possibly the John Williams M J refers to - served as High Sheriffs of Denbighshire for the years 1897 and 1929.

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