Basic Site Details

Name: Gogarburn Home for Mental Defectives
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Situated to the east of Gogarburn House (see separate entry) which had already been converted for use as a psychiatric hospital.

Cost: 400,000.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41927  Competition
Item 2 of 41929 OpenedAdministration block and first ward blocks
Item 3 of 41936  Two villas for children
Item 4 of 4May 1999 ClosedSubsequently demolished to make way for Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters


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 4Stewart KayeArchitect 19271929Won competition to secure job - administration block and first ward blocks built
Item 2 of 4James Stewart JohnstonArchitectB1927 Competition design - not successful
Item 3 of 4Joseph Marr JohnstonArchitectB1927 Competition design - not successful
Item 4 of 4Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitect After 1933 Took over the project as City Architect and made additions including two children's villas (1936)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh District Board of Control 

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 3Gogarburn Hospital, children's unit 
Item 2 of 3Gogarburn HouseSee also separate entry for Gogarburn Home for Mental Defectives - new buildings on adjacent site to add to the accommodation provided by the converted Gogarburn House.
Item 3 of 3Gogarburn Mental Deficiency Institution, Ward Block, Corstorphine 


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, pp 303-6
vol 3, pp 91-2
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp589
Item 3 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Gogarburn Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect and Building News1930Jul-Dec p344
Item 2 of 2British Medical Journal11 May 1929   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ & F Johnston Collection 2 sheets drawings