Hugh Blair of Borgue
In 1737, Hugh's younger brother John became his legal guardian ('curator'). In 1746, Blair married a surgeon's daughter named Nicholas [sic] Mitchell. In 1748, his brother (and guardian) John successfully sought to have the marriage annulled by the Commissary Court of Edinburgh.
Hugh was alleged to have engaged in a number of unusual behaviors including:
- Collecting bird feathers, twigs, and pieces of cloth.
- Always wearing the same piece of clothing.
- Requesting the same seat in church and engaging in repetitive acts.
- Attending every nearby burial, regardless of whether he knew the deceased.
- Making unannounced visits to others and being oblivious to social cues.
- Rab Houston; Uta Frith (2000) Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue, Blackwell, Malden, MA ISBN 978-0-63122-088-6
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- William Long (August 18, 2006). "Autism in History". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- Rab Houston and Uta Frith. Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000