Willowbrae House Maternity Home

Scope and Content

Framed certificate of registration of Willowbrae House as a Maternity Home by the City and Royal Burgh of Edinburgh, 1938

Administrative / Biographical History

Willowbrae House was registered with the City of Edinburgh Council as a Maternity Home by Miss Ethel Twiss in 1938. It first appears in the Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory under Miss Twiss's name in the 1942-1943 edition, but its last appearance is in the 1994-1945 volume. Prior to this period it was owned by Mr. John Twiss.


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

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

Anonymous, January 2001


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

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Custodial History



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