Useful Sources

If you are searching your family history, the local history section of the library nearest to where your ancestors lived is often a very good place to start. If you want a certificate of a relative who was born, married or died in Scotland then follow this link to the National Records of Scotland

For hospitals in the Highlands of Scotland see Jim and Stephen Leslie have researched and written on hospitals in this area, and have published booklets on the hospitals on Skye, and in Lochaber and Nairn, with another on Inverness due for publication in 2016.

Peter Higginbotham’s is a brilliant database of poor law buildings in Britain

The Wellcome Library:  and 

National Library of Scotland has a wonderful collection of maps which can be accessed online 

SCRAN is a subscription site, although much can be viewed free of charge.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland’s site has a wide collection of photographs and architectural drawings as well as site records

ScotlandsPlaces has many digitised documentary sources, including OS name books and some Medical Officer of Health Reports amongst others.

Our NHS Scotland has an overview of the establishment of the National Health Service

University of Dundee Archives: Hospitals and Medicine adminstrative and biographical histories  histories

A comprehensive list of former asylums in England and Wales with varying accounts of their construction history can be found here

Urbex folks post loads of photos of abandoned and derelict hospitals, one really interesting website I came across recently is this one it covers some former English asylums, and other building types as well.

2 thoughts on “Useful Sources

  1. Hello thankyou for your information, i had a grandfather died in scotland and was sent, some where to have a look at him this was in 1873. is there a place i could find his records. please thankyou


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