Records of Lennox Castle Hospital, Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire; Stoneyetts Hospital, Chryston, Lanarkshire; and Waverley Park Home, Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence of Medical Superintendents, 1913-1950;
  • Registers, 1915-2004;
  • Case notes, 1915-1954;
  • Miscellaneous, 1914-2002;
  • Minutes, 1948-1974;
  • Ledgers, 1933-1951;
  • Correspondence of Secretary/Treasurer, 1951-1974;
  • Maps and plans, 1933-1992;
  • Patient files, 1937-1976;
  • Admission warrants, 1950-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

Waverley Park Home was run by the Glasgow Association for the Care of Defective and Feeble-Minded Children. Opened in 1906 it provided care for girls only. Stoneyetts Hospital was built by Glasgow Parish Council and opened in 1913. It was a certified institution for mentally deficient people under the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Act of 1913. Stoneyetts became seriously overcrowded and arrangements were made with Falkirk Parish Council for patients to be cared for at Blinkbonny Home. Lennox Castle Hospital was built by Glasgow Corporation, also as a hospital for mentally deficient people. It had 1,200 beds when it opened in 1936 and was the largest MD hospital in Britain: a substantial number of patients were transferred from Stoneyetts to Lennox Castle. During the Second World War a large part of the hospital was requisitioned under the Emergency Hospital Scheme. Between 1941 and 1943, a 120 bed maternity unit was established as a "temporary" measure: this finally closed in 1964. In the early 1970s the bed complement reached a peak at 1,620, by 1991 this had fallen to 830. When the NHS was formed in 1948 the B of M for Lennox Castle and Associated Institutions was created to manage Lennox Castle Hospital, Stoneyetts Hospital and Waverley Park Home. In 1974 they were placed in the Northern District of the GGHB. In 1992 Stoneyetts Hospital closed. In 1993 Lennox Castle Hospital became the responsibility of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust.

Conditions Governing Access

Because of the sensitive nature of much of the information contained in these records there is a 75 year closure period on all patient records. There is a 100 year closure period on records of minors.

If you seek information on patient records which are less than 75 years old, you must apply to the Director of Public Health Glasgow. The application should be made through the GGHB Archivist who if permission is granted will carry out a search on your behalf.

Individuals seeking information regarding their own treatment should contact the archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 practice.

Accruals

None expected.

Related Material

  • GB 812 HB 19, Records of Glasgow Corporation and Glasgow Parish Council;
  • GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow;
  • GB 812 HB 32, Records of Glasgow Northern Hospitals Board of Management/District;
  • GB 812 HB 55, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board;
  • GB 815 H/bank 2, Records of Lennox Castle Hospita l, held at the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work (Part of Research Collections, Glasgow Caledonian University Archives).