Basic Site Details

Name: Glasgow Royal Asylum
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Superseded by new asylum at Gartnavel (see separate entry), at which point the buildings were taken over by Town's Hospital in 1840 and remained thus until their demolition at the turn of the century.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Royal Lunatic Asylum  
Item 2 of 2Town's Hospital From 1840

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 618101814Build/construction 
Item 2 of 612 December 1814 Opened 
Item 3 of 6c. 1830 Plans drawn upPlans for enlargement (thought to be unexecuted)
Item 4 of 61840  Taken over by Town's Hospital
Item 5 of 6Before 1880 AdditionHeightened to three storeys
Item 6 of 61908 Destruction/demolition 


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 3William StarkArchitect 18101813Opened in 1914, after Stark's death
Item 2 of 3David HamiltonArchitect c. 1830 Plans for enlargement (unexecuted?)
Item 3 of 3John WeirArchitect c. 1830 Plans for enlargement (unexecuted?)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Chapman1813The Picture of Glasgow  pp135-6
Item 2 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 4Darragh, 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 An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 1, pp 60-62, 136-59
vol 3, pp 82-6
Item 4 of 4Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde Regional Archives (Mitchell Library)Strathclyde Regional Archives Minutes