Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Incurables

Scope and Content

Management 1875-1951; administration 1874-1970; patients (bound records) 1884-1962

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1874 the Edinburgh Association for Incurables was founded. It received a Royal Charter in 1903. In February 1875 Longmore Hospital opened and a second hospital followed at Liberton in 1906. The two hospitals together were known as the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Incurables. In 1948 they became part of the Board of Management of Edinburgh Southern Hospitals. Longmore Hospital is now closed.


Chronological within record class

Access Information

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 (

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

Acquisition Information

Malcolm Wright, Administrator, Longmore Hospital, March 1985


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Records held within the National Health Service prior to transfer


No further accessions are expected

Related Material

Edinburgh Southern Hospitals Board of Management (LHB9)Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Samaritan Society (GD2)South Lothian District, Lothian Health Board (LHB28)Sweenie, Elizabeth, nurse (GD1/41)Williamson, Edith Winchester Hindmarsh, nurse (GD1/40)