Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Royal Lunatic Asylum
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: See separate entry for its replacement.

Alternative Names

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

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 68 June 1809 Foundation stone 
Item 2 of 619 July 1813 OpenedFirst patients received; only the east wings of planned quadrangle had been built
Item 3 of 618191821AdditionNorth and south additions (courtyard scheme having been abandoned)
Item 4 of 61837 Plans drawn upPlans for additions (unexecuted)
Item 5 of 618531876AdditionAddition of north and south ranges for private patients
Item 6 of 61896 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 3Robert ReidArchitectA18091813Courtyard scheme initially planned; only east range built. Provided plans free.
Item 2 of 3Robert ReidArchitectB18191821North and south additions
Item 3 of 3William BurnArchitect 1837 Plans for additions (unexecuted)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Darragh, 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 An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 1, pp 63-5, 162-9
vol 3, pp 62-3
Item 2 of 2Reid, Robert1809Observations on the Structure of Hospitals for the Treatment of Lunatics... to which is annexed an account of the intend   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scots Magazine1 January 1808   
Item 2 of 2Scots MagazineMarch 1808  Plan and elevation