It's a knock-out;Jotter

15th March 1996 at 00:00
The West Lothian education committee (sorry, education services committee) had a rare chance of a history lesson on Tuesday fromthe director of education (sorry, corporate manager education services).

At issue was the all-important new name to be given to the education offices in Bathgate. The options were Bruce House, Simpson House and Lindsay House, each accompanied by a helpful note from the corporate manager on the relevance to the town of Robert the Bruce's daughter, Sir James Young Simpson and the Rev John Lindsay (a local minister).

Simpson's claims were tenuous, the council's report explained. Although he was born in the town he did not make his famed discovery of the anaesthetic properties of chloroform until he was well away from Bathgate. Not a town, clearly, to put anyone to sleep.

The votes eventually piled up for Lindsay, a truly local lad.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today