Perth Royal Infirmary

Scope and Content

Bye-laws and Regulations, 1880-1940; Chartulary, 1807-1934; Perth Infirmary Annual Reports, 1838-1947; Minute Books, 1834-1948; Financial Records, 1838-1961; Patient Records, 1838-1993; Staff Records, 1895-1990; Perth Royal Infirmary Social Club, 1976-1986; Correspondence, 1834-1940; Newspaper Books and Articles, 1914-1998; Visitors Book, 1914-1993; Printing Blocks. n.d.; Photographs, c 1900-1970; Maps and Plans, 1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Perth City and County Infirmary was completed and open to patients on 1st October 1838. The building was designed by city architect William Macdonald Mackenzie (1797-1856) in the Grecian style of architecture. The hospital was funded by contributions and subscriptions and the original cost of the land and buildings was £ 6812-15-3 ½ and continued to be supported by congregational collections, donations from individuals and by a number of legacies.

After various additions and alterations to the hospital, a new building was erected with the original building now housing the A.K. Bell Library. The new Perth Royal Infirmary was built in 1914 in Taymount Terrace and cost £ 36,000, largely from donations, subscriptions and fund-raising. The P.R.I is still in use as a hospital today.


Records are arranged chronologically within series

Access Information

Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Acquisition Information

The records were removed from a store room at Perth Royal Infirmary and were stored near Bridge of Earn and Pitlochry records, making it difficult to tell some of them apart. They were deposited in 2006.


Information for Administrative / Biographical History section was taken from and 'The History of Perth from the Earliest Period ot the Present Time' by T.H. Marshall.

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Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper with some photographs

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jennifer Johnstone, ‘Unlocking the Medicine Chest 2’ Project Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Appraisal Information

Some of the records had to be left behind at Perth Royal Infirmary as they were too badly damaged and mouldy

Custodial History




Related Material

THB 31 Bridge of Earn Hospital

Location of Originals

The material is original

Corporate Names

Geographical Names