We Learn by circuit and progress. To ‘ride circuit’ was a traditional judicial custom. Judge would ride specific routes in the network, settling cases in the locality ‘on the hoof’ where evidence was easily obtainable, witness could be assessed on the spot for reliability and credibility of testimony, rather than bringing the case to a centralized location. Lord Monboddo rode everywhere on horse back even the long road from Edinburgh to London, a journey usually conducted by coach. One of his other noted, ‘eccentricities’ (historical anecdotal accounts of Lord M. are prone to cliche and repetition) was on leaving court one day to find it was raining, he placed his wig (a badge of office) in a sedan and continued his journey home on foot , denoting his other activity philosopher. Reading, lord Monboddo reveals an individual with a very distinct sense of humour which is often read in a number of ways by individuals.
Wrote this a couple of nights ago popped into my mind, my son had his foot run over by a taxi in Edinburgh last week. Shattered a few bones nothing too serious but feeling rather sorry for himself. My mind turned to this episode that appears in many accounts of Lord Mondoddo’s life. I noticed the connection retrospectively, I inserted it into a post on something else and wondered why the hell I was thinking and writing about it as it did not fit with the rest of the post. The eccentricity label and its repetition gets some what weary when you read the sources I thought at first that was the reason. Words are entirely from memory not read the accounts its placed in for about four years or longer.
Japanese Artists Impression Of A Scottish Orangutang. Due to the distance of observation a few details may have been confused.