Records of Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1834-1988;
  • Photographs, c20th century;
  • Annual reports, 1857-1960;
  • Financial records, 1903-1948;
  • Registers, 1834-1981;
  • Case notes, 1866-1921;
  • Microfilms of case records, 1919-1968;
  • Correspondence and subject files, 1958-1984;
  • Miscellaneous, 1899-1990;

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Lying-In Hospital and Dispensary was founded in 1834 in Greyfriars Wynd. It moved to St Andrews Square in 1841 and in 1860 to the Rottenrow: it has been nicknamed The Rottenrow ever since. Completely new buildings were erected on the Rottenrow site in 1880/81 and a substantial extension added in 1908. These buildings had a bed complement of 108 beds and contained a large lecture theatre and operating theatre for clinical teaching purposes - the buildings are still in use.

A West End Branch was opened at 491 St Vincent St in 1888. This was closed in 1941 having been damaged during an air raid.

The title Glasgow Royal Maternity and Women's Hospital was granted in 1914 and the present shorter version adopted in 1960.

A clinical laboratory was opened in 1926 and a new nurses home in 1928. Financial constraints prevented any further expansion until after the formation of the NHS. In 1948 the hospital was placed under the Board of Management for Glasgow Maternity and Women's Hospitals. A new out-patients department was opened in 1955 and during the 1960s and 1970s considerable sums were spent on up-grading facilities and equipment. Nonetheless, in 1966 the Western Regional Hospital Board decided that the age of the buildings and the cramped nature of the site necessitated the replacement of the hospital.

In 2001, Glasgow Royal Maternity moved to the Princess Royal building within the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Access Information

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.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedures.

Custodial History

Received directly from creator.


Further accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 0812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow, Scotland.

Geographical Names