Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Robert Wodrow, Analecta: or, Materials for a History of Remarkable Providences; Mostly Relating to Scotch Ministers and Christians, 4 vols. (Edinburgh, 1842–43), 3: 496. The full passage is far more nuanced than the single fragment quoted by Ekirch. here “That same day, or the 19th of Aprile, this country susteaned yet a greater loss by the death of worthy and honest Mr John Paislay, Minister, since the year 1690 or therby, in the parish of Lochwinnioch. He has not been able to attend our Presbytery these two years, since he gote a fall from his horse. He was astmatick, and had a cough for many years, but never hindred from his work, and attendance of Judicatorys, in which he was very exemplary. He had one thing very singular about him : These twenty or thirty years he sleeped very litle; two or three hours was much for him to sleep. He went to bed about ten, and was generally up against twelve or one in the morning. O ! what [a] vast deal of time had he, by what I and many others have— and he well improved it in meditation and prayer. He may have been said to have lived one hundred and twenty years or more, though he dyed about seventy, since sleep can scarce be justly reconed part of our life.” The understanding of this phrase hinges on the meaning ascribed to the word ‘reconed’, Ekirch, who just gives the fragment “scarce be justly reconed part of our life.” does so, I believe, to imply that sleep can not be considered part of our life, however I believe that in context the meaning is more correctly rendered as ‘calculated as part of our life span’ Ekich gives only a single reference for this statement and so provides no further evidence for his assertion that “we seem to have concluded” BACK
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