Second Scottish General Hospital Craigleith

Scope and Content

"Craigleith Hospital Chronicle" 1915-1916 (incomplete run of issues)

Administrative / Biographical History

Craigleith Poorhouse was founded in 1868 and served the St Cuthbert's district of Edinburgh. It included an Infirmary for the care of sick paupers. In 1914 the Poorhouse was taken over as a military hospital and renamed the 2nd Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith. The "Craigleith Chronicle" served as the Hospital's wartime magazine. The Poorhouse returned to its former function in 1919, and in 1929 it became the Western General Hospital.


Chronological within record class

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Acquisition Information

Margaret Duncanson, Aberdeen, April 1979


Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Custodial History

Items held within Duncanson family


No further accessions are expected