Arbroath Infirmary

Scope and Content

Minutes of directors 1912-1948, minutes of weekly committee 1843-1948, minutes of general purposes committee 1948-1950, financial records 1938-1949, hospital admissions and discharge registers 1845-1948, war casualties register 1939-1950, hospital registers for Arbroath Burgh and District Joint Epidemic Hospital, Arbroath Public Health Hospital, and Little Cairnie Hospital 1947-1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1836 the need for medical provision "for the relief of the poor" in Arbroath was so great that a dispensary was set up by public subscription and run by the local medical practitioners. A typhus epidemic in 1842 resulted in the first in-patient service, a small fever ward for the isolation of typhus sufferers, and from 1843 subscriptions were being raised to develop this into an infirmary. With the aid of donations from subscribers and from Lord Panmure the new Infirmary opened in 1845 to provide both out-patient and in-patient care.

By 1913 this building was becoming overcrowded and in 1916 the Infirmary moved to a new building on a new site. This was extended further in 1961 with the addition of the Queen Mother maternity wing. The Hospital was absorbed into the Eastern Region Hospital Board under the terms of the National Health (Scotland) Act of 1947.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. Normal closure periods of 30 years (administrative records) and 75 years (patient records) apply.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by Montrose Library 1994-1996 (AccM/315 and AccM/328).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, July 2001.

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