Great Great Grandmother
of the things that happens when you research your family is you
get unpleasant surprises. One of my biggest surprises was to
find my great great grandmother died in the City Poorhouse at The
Elizabeth Buchanan had lived all her life in the St Leonards, in
the streets that were opposite what was the Deaconess Hospital.
She died in the City Poorhouse in April 1909, presumably not able
to afford to go to the Royal Infirmary.
Looking at her death certificate, I see that the establishment was
at that time."
"I found the following chilling description of Craiglockhart
Poorhouse from about the time that it opened:
'The male wing had divisions for:
men of good character
doubtful old men
similar divisions in the women's quarters.
'The total number of pauper inmates for whom accommodation is
provided is 1,000 — viz.
740 in the main poorhouse
260 in the infirmary.
The lunatic asylum accommodates a further 160 inmates.' ”