Edinburgh Lying-in Institution

Scope and Content

Edinburgh Lying-in Institution case-book 1825-1931

Administrative / Biographical History

The Edinburgh Lying-In Institution, to be distinguished from the General Lying-In Hospital which was the fore-runner to the Royal Maternity Hospital, opened at 13 High School Yards in 1824. From 1886 it moved around to Nicolson Street, Charles Street, Buccleuch Place, Lauriston Place and Chalmers Street.


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 (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

Edinburgh Central Library, City of Edinburgh Council, January 1998


On long-term loan from Edinburgh Central Library

Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History



No further accessions are expected

Related Material

Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion (LHB3, LHB3A)