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Records of Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board Archivist, 23 July 1998.
GB 812 LK 7.
Records of Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Dates of Creation:
3.00 metres.
Held at:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
Name of Creator:
Kirklands Hospital (learning disability hospital: 1879– : Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland).
Language of Material:
Level of Description:
First edition.

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Administrative/Biographical History

In 1879 the Glasgow District Board of Lunacy bought Kirklands Asylum, previously a private asylum. The Board decided to enlarge the existing building and it was ready for use in 1881. The asylum then had accommodation for 200 juvenile and imbecile patients. In 1888 the management of the asylum was transferred to a Joint–Committee of the District Lunacy Boards of the City of Glasgow, Govan and Lanark.

In 1900 the Glasgow Lunacy District relinquished its share in the asylum and thereafter it was managed solely by Lanark and Govan Boards. In 1904 a new nurse’s home, caretaker’s house and attendant’s cottages were built. In 1911 the Board leased part of Longdales Farm for hospital use. In 1930 responsibility for Kirklands passed to the Lanarkshire Mental Hospitals Joint Committee, which also managed Hartwood and Birkwood hospitals.

On nationalisation in 1948 the Committee became the Board of Management for Lanarkshire Mental Hospitals. In 1964 the name changed to Central Lanarkshire Hospitals. Lanarkshire Health Board took over control of the hospital in 1974. In 2006, plans were well advanced for Kirklands Hospital to close in 2007.

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Scope and Content

  • Epilepsy books, 1936–1970
  • Financial records, 1880–1900
  • Maps and plans, 1930s–1980s
  • Medical Superintendent’s quarterly reports, 1924–1973
  • Minutes of Joint Committee of District Lunacy Boards of Glasgow, Govan and Lanark (later Govan and Lanark) and Lanarkshire Mental Hospitals Joint Committee, 1878–1883, 1888–1898, 1921–1938
  • Miscellaneous other registers, 1881–1977
  • Photographs, 1911 and undated
  • Registers of admissions and discharges, 1881–1948
System of Arrangement:
Chronological within series.
Custodial History:
Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:
Kirklands Hospital.
Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling:
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures.
None expected.
Access Conditions:
No restrictions.
Legal Status:
Public records.

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Copyright / Reproduction:
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.
Some material unfit for copying, otherwise no restrictions.
Existence of Copies:
No known copies.
This material is original.
Finding Aids:
Descriptive list.
Related Units of Description:
GB 812 HB 28: Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow
Publication Note:
No known publications using this material.

Fonds–Level Description Compilation Details

Compiled by Alistair Tough, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board Archivist, 15 December 2006.

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