About the editor
Making the most of this site
This site is presently being developed. In doing
so it is necessary to be highly selective in the topics covered.
The purpose of the site is to provide a convenient source of information
and comment on some of the major issues that affect the care of
the land, inland waters and the surrounding sea of the UK. It is
also intended to include information and informed comment on how
other countries approach this subject. As agriculture is central
to the care of the land, inland waters and estuaries prime consideration
will be given to it as this site develops. Necessarily there will
be political comment as government strategies can have an immense
effect either for the better or for the worse. One of the main reasons
for starting up this site is on account of the concern that some
of the current policies on the care of the UK's land, inland waters,
estuaries, beaches and territorial sea are not what they should
be and need to be revised.
About the Editor
Farmer, Physician, Publisher & Scientist
James Irvine entered Edinburgh University Medical School
with a bursary to help pay his fees. At the end of his first
year he won a further bursary in physics, and the trend of
winning bursaries and prizes continued throughout his medical
student days culminating in MBChB with honours and being the
most distinguished graduate of his year. In addition, he gained
a first class honours BSc in physiology, also at Edinburgh
Between graduating in medicine and starting his house physician
resident jobs in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh he started
a research project into the possible significance of autoimmunity
as a cause of human disease, with particular reference to
the thyroid. This led to the first of many publications and
a career which combined clinical hospital medicine at the
Royal Infirmary with an international career in medical research
based on the rapidly expanding recognition of the importance
of autoimmunity as a cause of many clinical disorders or as
a contributory factor, as in Type 1 diabetes.
He held the post of consultant physician in general medicine
and endocrinology in the NHS and for some years was employed
by the Medical Research Council holding a programme grant
for the study of autoimmunity in endocrine disorders (notably
thyroid diseases, adrenal disorders and diabetes). This work
led to his being awarded Fellowships of the Royal Society
of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal
College of Pathologists of London, Institute of Biology London
and the Institute of Directors London.
After many years of successful combination of clinical hospital
medicine and clinical research, he felt that it was time for
a change. He decided to expand his interests in scientific
publishing and to purchase Cultybraggan Farm through his publishing
company , Teviot Scientific, in 1988.
Cultybraggan Farm is described elsewhere on this website
(see home page). Essentially it is a 540 acre cattle, sheep
and barley farm at Comrie, west of Crieff, in Perthshire.
Over the years he has developed a pedigree herd of Aberdeen
Angus cattle, a pedigree herd of Limousin cattle, while the
remainder of the 120 suckler cows are Aberdeen Angus and Limousin
crosses in the attempt to produce high quality young stock.
Most of the barley goes for malting for the production of
The advent of BSE in the UK just after he had taken over
the farm, the statement by the government that BSE may be
implicated in the development of what was described as a new
form of CJD in man in 1996, and then the FMD crisis of 2001
has led to him taking a deep interest (and concern) in the
application of science to farming. As a result he was asked
to serve on the Royal Society of Edinburgh Foot and Mouth
Inquiry, which he did from December 2001 to July 2002.
This website arises from his continuing
concern about how science is currently being applied to farming
and how the care of the countryside, that he so dearly loves,
seems to be falling into the hands of single focus groups,
academicians or politicians who may have little experience
in practical land management. The so-called environmentalists
seem to forget that the outstanding beauty and wildlife of
much of the UK countryside, so keenly promoted by the tourist
board, is due to the traditional care for the land by the
nations farmers. Indeed farming is the bedrock of the
care of the countryside yet present policies for all the hype
seem determined to undermine it.
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