Basic Site Details

Name: Perth District Asylum
Town, district or village: Murthly
City or county: Perthshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Final cost: £19,268.

Plans for administrative block formerly at Murthly.

ASYLUM Perth.—For the various works in the erection of the Perthshire District Lunatic Asylum, near Murthly station on the Dunkeld railway. Plans, etc, with Mr. P. Soutar, clerk to the Lunacy Board, Perth; or Messrs Edward and Robertson architects, Reform-street, Dundee; who will give all requisite information. Tenders to Mr. Soutar, or Messrs. Edward and Robertson, to July 20. [Building News 5 July 1861 Page 577]

Lunatic Asylum, Perthshire. - For the various works to be done in the erection of the Perthshire District Lunatic Asylum. Messrs Edward and Robertson, architects, Dundee. The building is capable of containing 222 patients, and the whole amount of the contracts is £18,000, this sum includes governor's house and lodge, farm offices, and gas-work.

Masons' work. Alexander Cunningham, Downfield, Dundee; joiners' work, Clarke and Cable, Dundee; slaters' work, Robert Jack, Dunkeld.; plumbers' work, Charles Middleton and Sons, Montrose; smiths' work, Gourlay Brothers, Dundee; plaster work, John Adam, Dundee; painters' work, Robert Douglas, Perth [Building News 30 August 1861 p721 - tenders]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Murthly Asylum  
Item 2 of 2Murthly HospitalYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Psychiatric hospital  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618581864 Original buildings
Item 2 of 61858 Competition results announced 
Item 3 of 61861 Tenders submittedContracts advertised and tenders received July-August 1861
Item 4 of 6c. 1871  Administrative block added by D Smart
Item 5 of 61885  Cottage hospital (later nurses' home)
Item 6 of 61984 ClosedSubsequently converted to housing; admin block demolished


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4Charles EdwardArchitectA18581864 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Saunders RobertsonArchitectA18581864 
Item 3 of 4Edward & RobertsonArchitectural practiceAc. 18611864 
Item 4 of 4David SmartArchitectB1871 Administrative block

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1House, Perth District Asylum 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Darragh, Alison2011Prison or Palace? Heaven or Hell? An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 2 p 291 (Pinel Villa)
vol 3, pp 132-4
Item 2 of 3Dundee Yearbook1890    
Item 3 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Murthly Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building News5 July 1861  p577 - contracts
Item 2 of 3Building News30 August 1861  p721 – tenders
Item 3 of 3Dundee Advertiser   Date lost

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register11155Lsiting for Administrative block
Item 2 of 2Smart, Stewart & Mitchell, Perth - in 1960s)Smart, Stewart & Mitchell Practice Drawings