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Greenbank, Edinburgh

The Steils

Formerly the Administrative Building of the

City Poorhouse

The Steils  -  Christmas Eve 2009

City Poorhouse at The Stellis, off Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh  -  December 24, 2009

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                              Photograph taken December 24, 2009

 

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   City Poorhouse at The Stellis, off Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh  -  December 24, 2009

 

City Poorhouse

The City Poorhouse had buildings on either side of the main administrative block that had the tower and clock.  Some of the buildings to the west ot the administrative block can just be seen in the background in this photo.

Zoom-in

Here we zoom-in to have a closer look at the City Poorhouse administrative building:

City Poorhouse at The Stellis, off Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh  -  December 24, 2009

 

Recollections

1.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay for writing about his family connections with the City Poorhouse.

City Poorhouse

Great Great Grandmother

"One 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 Steils.

City Poorhouse at The Stellis, off Greenbank Drive, Edinburgh  -  December 24, 2009

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 called Craiglockhart Poorhouse at that time."

Bryan added:

"I found the following chilling description of Craiglockhart Poorhouse from about the time that it opened:

'The male wing had divisions for:

-  old men of good character

-  dissolute men

doubtful old men

boys'

There were 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.'

Further Information

Thank you to Bryan for also telling me about this web site that gives further information about the City Poorhouse, including more photos, a description of the buildings and a map.

St Cuthbert's Poorhouse

Western General Hospital

Bryan also discovered that Elizabeth Buchanan's father and mother had also died in an Edinburgh Poorhouse - The St Cuthbert's Poorhouse.

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  January 11 + 12, 2009

 

City Hospital

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Around Edinburgh

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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