Money, Sex and Madness: The story of corruption at Hanover Park Asylum

Philanthony
The History Inquiry
9 min readDec 6, 2023

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On December 14th, 1816, a trial opened at the Court of Common Pleas in Dublin. The action, brought by one Mr. J. Hinds, alleged that Dr. Philip Middleton had engaged in “criminal conversation” with his wife, Hester Hinds. The consequence of the “conversation” was that Hester Hinds had delivered a baby. Mr. Hinds sought damages in the sum of £5000.

The trial laid bare the scandalous activities that surrounded the newly opened lunatic asylum and the extraordinary career of Philip Middleton.

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