- Patients book 1948
- Reports book 1937-1944
- Accident books 1931-1955
- Licenses 1936-1940
- Miscellaneous c1936
- Photographs, interior and exterior of the building 1975
Records of Lennox Castle Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
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- ReferenceGB 1847 GB 815 H/bank 2
- Dates of Creation1930-1955
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.012 metres
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The estate of Lennox Castle in Lennoxtown, 13 miles North of Glasgow, was bought by Glasgow Parish Council in 1927 to build a hospital for people with learning disabilities, and which was to be called Lennox Castle Hospital. Patients then were known as mental defectives. The Hospital included the mansion house of Lennox Castle built in the 1840s. It was regarded as a model of forward thinking in its time in the care and treatment of people with learning disabilities. At its fullest the hospital housed over 1200 patients. In the 1960s questions were being asked about the role and effect of institutional care including Lennox Castle. In 1993, following the Care in the Community Act, patients began being discharged into the community and the hospital finally closed in April 2002 . As well as long stay patients, the longest recorded was there for 60 years, there were members of staff who worked a whole career in the hospital. An example of a long stay patient would be Jimmy Lappin, who was in the hospital between 1938 and 2000; an example of a long stay staff member would be Nurse Nan Douglas who worked in the hospital from 1930 to 1974.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Gift: Elderly Care Division, City of Glasgow District, Strathclyde Region, Social Work Department: 1992
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Item level list available via Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages http://www.lib.gcal.ac.uk/heatherbank/resources.html . Printed item level list also available.
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Held by Lennox Castle Hospital until 1922
Location of Originals
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Ritchie, A LThe Book of Lennox Castle1936 City & Counties Publishing Co
Fonds level description compiled by Compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 21 June 2004. Administrative History compiled by Alastair Ramage, Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work.