Forgotten Citizens: an interview with David Kinloch

Forgotten Citizens conference
Published on 8 Sep 2008

Why is it important people tell their stories?

David Kinloch

I think the most important thing is that you don't have to be ashamed of hiding things behind your back. And also it's good to know that there are people who care for you and are supporting you. Like myself, I was in State Hospital for seven years because when my mum was born, she used to go in with a guy called Kelly, and she gave birth to me in Lennox Castle Hospital in 1951. That's when I was born.

After that, I was taken into care. I was put into a lot of kids' homes, which I didn't like because the staff did terrible things to you. They actually sexually abused you. And then after that I was put into Longstaff Hospital when I was 15 years old. But it didn't agree with me to be in that hospital because there was nothing wrong with me. It was very bad, you know.

What can we learn?

David Kinloch

I think it's important that people have the right to go back to their own community and have their own life, their own privileges and that because at the end of the day they can make that decision. Nobody else can make it for you. You have to stand up for your rights like I'm doing, which I've been doing since I was born.

I've had my ups and downs and it's taken me four years to find my real mum. I only knew her for about ten years, but unfortunately she died six years ago after a blood clot. And I still miss her very much because she was the one that brought me into the world, nobody else.