Haig Ferguson Memorial Home

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Constitution of Lauriston Home, pre-1925; annual reports, 1955-1973; details of Home's committee and aims from Charitable Directory; "Charitable Organisations Appeal 1966" with entry for Home

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1899 by Dr. James Haig Ferguson to provide accommodation for unmarried women expecting their first baby. It was situated at 118 Lauriston Place and known as the Lauriston Home. In 1925 it moved to 4 Lauriston Park, and after Dr. Haig's death in 1936 it was renamed in his memory. The Home closed in 1974.

Arrangement

Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the latest version of the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information on named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time.

Where records are about named deceased adults, they will be open 75 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Records about individuals below 18 years (living or deceased) or adults not proven to be deceased will be open 100 years after the latest date in the record, on the next 01 January. Further information on legislation and guidelines covering medical records can be found on the LHSA webpage (http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/).

LHSA can support the use of records closed to public access for legitimate clinical, historical and genealogical research purposes. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding procedures on how you can apply for permission to view closed records. Telephone us on: 0131 650 3392 or email us at lhsa@ed.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

John Sturrock, November 1992

Note

Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Papers held by John Sturrock, Chairman of the Home's Management Committee 1956-1971

Accruals

No further accessions expected

Geographical Names