Teacher Training College
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland
Thank you to
Thomson for sending me several recollections of Edinburgh in earlier
Here, Ed has sent a photograph of an Aunt that he never met.
"The Aunt I Never Knew"
through the Thomson archives last week I found this interesting
photo, if only for the uniform.
It is of an Aunt
I never met.
From stories related
by my late Grandmother and my Father (way back in the
1950s) I submit
this for your interest.
Trained as a Nurse
"Louise Thomson was born at 3
Washington Lane Dalry Road in 1893 and was a pupil at Tynecastle
School until 1908.
I'll investigate further because Neil McLennan,
a teacher at Tynecastle High School, who is currently investigating
the history of the school, tells me that the the school did not open
until 1912. - Peter Stubbs: April 16, 2009.
The Family moved to 105 Princes
Street Perth, returning to Edinburgh at the start of WWI.
Louise had trained as a Nurse at
the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Chalmers Hospital so it was
natural for her to join the Red Cross and nurse wounded troops."
Military Hospital - Siegfried Sassoon
"She became a Staff Nurse at
Craiglockhart Military Hospital (where the photo was taken) - a
former Convent which is now occupied by Napier University.
[But see 'Recollections 2'
According to my late Grandmother,
Louise was allocated to look after the famous WWI poet Siegfried
Sassoon who was suffering from shellshock. Sassoon became world-famous with his Wartime writings."
Emigration to Australia
"After the War she continued with
a Nursing career until 1924 when she was married to an engineer
William Hird from Workington Cumbria who was working for Bruce
Peebles at Pilton.
They decided to try their luck in
Australia and went out to Sydney in August 1925 never to return to
They started a fruit farm at a
hamlet called Mount White in N.S.W. but until the outbreak of WWII
were pretty unsuccessful. They eventually became suppliers of
peaches and fruit for canning to the Military.
They also sent food parcels to my
Grandmother at 13 Caledonian Place Dalry Road.
Aunt Louise died in 1953 aged
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland: November 29, 2006
"Craiglockhart Military Hospital was, in
fact, built as a Hydropathic Institute for the Craiglockhart
Hydropathic Company in the 1880s.
This was at a time
when there was a
craze for water treatments in luxurious surroundings such as
Dunblane Hydro and Peebles Hydro."
"The building continued to be used
as a Hydropathic Institute until the First World War.
then, between 1916 and 1919, it was used as a military psychiatric
hospital for the treatment of shell-shocked officers."
the end of the First World War, the military moved out and the
building became the convent that Ed mentions above."
Bob Wyllie, Brussels, Belgium: August 25, 2008
to D Parish for adding this message to the EdinPhoto guest book:
D Parish wrote:
"As a history buff, I've
been asked to find any information on the former Craiglockhart
Military Hospital. What stands on the site now?
As a serving soldier in the Royal Army
Medical Corps, I have an interest in military hospitals.
But my main interest in Craiglockhart Military Hospital is
the WW1 poet, Wilfred Owen.
I read recently that
he was a former patient suffering from 'shellshock'.
Any information you can give me would be
gratefully received and appreciated."
Parish, Colinton, Edinburgh, Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book:
January 20, 2009
Colinton Mains, Edinburgh
reading the message from D Parish (3 above)
Lynda Maine wrote:
"Wilfred Owen was a patient at
Craiglockhart Military Hospital.
The hospital closed
down many years ago and became a convent. The convent then
closed down and became part of Napier University.
The late Charles
Smith, historian, wrote about the hospital in his book 'Historic
Historic Scotland may
be able to provide more information about this building."
Lynda Maine, Colinton Mains, Edinburgh: email: January 21, 2009
and message posted in guest book: January 29, 2009
"Craiglockhart was a
Catholic teacher training college for
girls in the late-1960s.
At that time, we were installing new
office furniture for the Mother Superior and staff,
and for some reason we were doing this in the evening.
The college was full of young women
who probably in the evening never saw any
men there. As we were moving
furniture about, there would be shrieks
from girls going along the corridors in their baby dolls
nighties, as they encountered us.
We enjoyed the sights!
The most memorable part of the evening
involved the lovely main staircase with a
great wide handrail. The temptation was too much for me,
so on I went and whizzed to the bottom, only to encounter the Mother
Superior standing there.
oh! no! That's blown it! She
smiled and then said, 'I've
always wanted to do that', and off she
went with a big smile."
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland: November
to Bill Prior who wrote:
"I started my
working life as an apprentice radio engineer in 1953.
Television had come to town, so
radio shops also had that
1954, we delivered a brand new Philips 17
inch 'BBC only'
Television (they only became TVs later on)
to The Sisters of The Sacred Heart
Convent at Craiglockhart.
all the excitement of the young novices, it caused me great
years later I was asked to repair a TV in Eyre Crescent at The
Sisters of The Sacred Heart Training
Convent and met one of the novices, now
in charge. She did not recognize me
but remembered me as one of the installers of this wonderful gadget.
She was a
most wonderful and peaceful person, Sister Boland,
may she rest in peace."
Bill Prior, Portobello, Edinburgh: November 15, 2010