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Brooksby House, Largs. From Yachting Residence to Seaside Convalescent Home.

For many decades, Brooksby House was the convalescent home for Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary. The Governors of the Infirmary purchased this substantial villa by the sea-front at Largs in 1896 and it opened the following year with accommodation for 24 patients. Postcard … Continue reading

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Lunatic at Large: an escaped patient from Ayr District Asylum

The former Ayr District Asylum, now Ailsa Hospital photographed in 2008. The building to the left is one of the villas built in 1899 © Copyright Mary and Angus Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence ‘Lunatic at Large’  was the sensational headline in … Continue reading

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Ayr District Asylum, William Railton’s unbuilt design

Detail of William Railton’s proposed elevation for the Ayr District Asylum A competition was held for the design of Ayr District Asylum in 1864. The commission was awarded to Edwards & Robertson of Dundee early the following year, their plans having … Continue reading

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