In 1989-90 I undertook a survey of Scottish Hospitals, funded by a grant from the Scottish Research Council. This resulted in an unpublished gazetteer and formed the basis of a short book, published by Historic Scotland in 2010 entitled Building up your Health – available free as a PDF here.

I thought it was high time that the gazetteer should be both updated and shared more widely and so I started this blog. There are pages covering each area of Scotland in which there is a list of the hospitals, past and present. I am slowly updating the original gazetteer entries and adding maps and illustrations. This is a work in progress, so will change and grow over time. In addition I have been writing occasional posts, highlighting particular sites or building types.

I would also like to share some of the work that I was involved in for the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England’s survey of hospital buildings undertaken in 1991-4, and which resulted in a large body of work deposited in Historic England’s archives at Swindon and a book published in 1998 English Hospitals 1660-1948. A team of six worked on the hospitals project, based in the RCHME offices in York, Cambridge and London. Robert Taylor in the Cambridge office produced a monthly newsletter which he circulated amongst the team, entitled the Hospitals Investigator. Here you will find extracts from the newsletter in occasional blog posts.

Between 1991 and 2018 I worked on the Survey of London, latterly on Oxford Street, and contributed to the volumes on Knightsbridge, Clerkenwell, Battersea and South East Marylebone. I moved back to Scotland, and am now investigating post-war hospitals in Scotland.

8 Responses to About

  1. Dear Harriet,

    Please get in touch re. the RHfSC Edinburgh. I’m trying to compile a bid whereby the buildings are not lost to public use – cultural and arts like Summerhall – and maintaining a history of the place.




  2. Jesse Thomas says:

    Can you tell me where the Lennox Castle Hospital in located. I’m doing research for a school project. This would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


    • The Hospital was to the north-west of Lennoxtown. None of the hospital buildings survives, apart from some staff houses on Netherton Oval. New housing was built in 2009-10 on the site of the maternity hospital (Castle Circle) and Celtic’s Lennoxtown training ground is on the site of the former institution. The castle itself is in ruins.
      good luck with your project,
      best wishes from Harriet


  3. Mrs Isobel Brolls says:

    Been trying to find a hospital that looked like a airbase there was three barracks that was changed into a small hospital and a tower was there two it was outside Dumfries.


    • Joseph Norman McIvor, BEM says:

      Isobel, dont know if this would help. During the 2nd. WW I was evacuated from Glasgow to the Dumfries area. We were put into an old country mansion named BROORIGG HOUSE on the banks of the River Nith. Across the river was an aerodrome. I dont know where Broomrigg House is, neither can I trace the aerodrome.
      Joe McIvor, BEM (East Kilbride)


    • Joseph Norman McIvor, BEM says:

      Should read Broomrigg House (was close to a railway or railway station.


  4. Stevie Galloway says:

    I found this purely by accident and the hours this must have undertaken is amazing. The details in the article are fascinating to say the least. I live close to Bangour Village Hospital and it’s truly amazing. The locals here love it too and sad to watch the elements and vandals slowly destroy our history…


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