2nd Scottish General Hospital

now the Western General Hospital

 

Sisters' Quarters, 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith -  1914-18

   Postcard - JRRE (= JR Russell, Edinburgh)  -  Sisters' Quarters, 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith (now 'Western General Hospital')

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   Postcard - JRRE (= JR Russell, Edinburgh)  -  Sisters' Quarters, 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith (now 'Western General Hospital')

 

Postcard

This postcard by JRRE (J R Russell, Edinburgh) has not been sent through the post, but it can be dated to 1914-19, the period of World War I  -  see the brief history of the hospital below.

The photo may actually have been taken by James Valentine.  There appears to be a 'Valentine number' in the grass near the lower right corner, but even on the original postcard I have not been able to read the number.

 

Western General Hospital

Brief History

1868 - 1914

Craigleith Poorhouse

Edinburgh had  three poorhouses in the 1860s, at Canongate, St Cuthbert's and Craiglockhart.

The St Cuthbert's Poorhouse was in poor condition and was replaced, in 1868, by a Craigleith Poorhouse to serve the St Cuthbert's district.  This included an infirmary for the care of sick paupers.

The new St Cuthbert's Poorhouse was built at Crewe Road, about 2 miles NW of the centre of Edinburgh, on land purchased from the Fettes Trust. 

1914-1919

2nd Scottish General Hospital

From 1914 until 1919,  the Poorhouse was taken over as a military hospital and renamed the 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith.

1919-1929

Craigleith Poorhouse

Following the end of World War I, the hospital again became Craigleith Poorhouse.

From 1929

Western General Hospital

The Local Government (Scotland) 1929 Act discontinued Parish Councils, the bodies previously responsible for poorhouses.

Edinburgh Town Council took over the hospital, improved it, made it available to the general public and equipped it as a teaching hospital.  The name was changed  to become The Western General Hospital.

 

Postcards - J R Russell 

Western General Hospital Edinburgh Views

 

 

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