Basic Site Details

Name: District Asylum for Midlothian and Peebles
Town, district or village: Roslin/Rosslyn
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Status: C Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of Moffatt buildings 41,000 (he was paid 1640). Cost of Anderson Simon & Crawford additions: 45,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 5Midlothian and Peebles District Asylum  
Item 2 of 5Roslinlee Asylum  
Item 3 of 5Roslyn Lee Asylum  
Item 4 of 5Rosslynlee Asylum  
Item 5 of 5Rosslynlee HospitalYes 

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 6October 1870  Plans prepared for asylum - including plans for entrance lodge, cottages, farm and manager's house, gas works, gateway etc
Item 2 of 618711874Build/constructionOriginal building
Item 3 of 611 November 1874 Opened 
Item 4 of 618971899 Two new wings
Item 5 of 618981902 Two new wings added (cost 45,000)- Crawford claimed specific responsibility
Item 6 of 61920  Staff accommodation built (either converted from cottages of built new)


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 5William Lambie Moffatt (originally William Lambie Moffat)Architect 18701874Original building (during the latter stages in partnership with James Aitken
Item 2 of 5(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectB18971902Two new wings added - Alexander Hunter Crawford claimed specific responsibility
Item 3 of 5Alexander Hunter CrawfordArchitectB18971902Two new wings added - Crawford claimed specific responsibility
Item 4 of 5Anderson Simon & CrawfordArchitectural practiceB18991902Two new wings added
Item 5 of 5Alexander Murray HardieArchitect 1920 Staff accommodation built (in new and converted cottages)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Midlothian and Peebles District Board of Lunacy 


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 287 (superintendent's house)
vol 3, pp 114-16
Item 2 of 3McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p418
Item 3 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Rosslynlee Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News1871  Check date
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal11 September 1937v44London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1009 - obituary of Alexander Murray Hardie

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings) E Coll 156, RA no 609 & 615/19
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44926 
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)William Lambie Moffatt Cash Book 1859-1881 GD 1/412/1 pp42-43
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Hunter Crawford: F v14 p68 no890 (microfilm reel 11)