Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Northern Infirmary
Town, district or village: Inverness
City or county: Inverness-shire
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Original building by John Smith of Banff. Lodge is C Listed

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ness WalkYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1017991804Construction 
Item 2 of 1016 April 1845 Journal referencePorter's Lodge (for previous building?)
Item 3 of 1018541855 Porter's Lodge
Item 4 of 1018641866 Additions and alterations
Item 5 of 1018711873ConstructionFever wards
Item 6 of 10After 1887Before 1911 Reconstruction
Item 7 of 1020 April 1894 Journal referenceAdditions and alterations
Item 8 of 107 July 1896 Journal referenceAlterations and operating room
Item 9 of 1029 July 1908 Journal referenceWards
Item 10 of 1019281936 Alterations to original 1799-1804 main building and new ward blocks


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 23Alexander Laing S17991804 
Item 2 of 23James Ross A1845 Porter's lodge (for previous building?)
Item 3 of 23James Matthews B18541855Porter's Lodge (and other work?)
Item 4 of 23Mackenzie & Matthews B1854 Porter's Lodge (and other work?)
Item 5 of 23Thomas Mackenzie B1854 Porter's Lodge (and other work?)
Item 6 of 23James Matthews C18641866Additions and alterations.
Item 7 of 23Matthews & Lawrie C18641866Additions and alterations
Item 8 of 23William Lawrie C18641866Additions and alterations
Item 9 of 23Alexander Ross D18711873Fever wards
Item 10 of 23John Hinton Gall EAfter 1887Before 1911Reconstruction
Item 11 of 23Alexander Ross F1894 Additions and alterations
Item 12 of 23Robert John Macbeth F1894 Additions and alterations
Item 13 of 23Ross & Macbeth F1894 Additions and alterations
Item 14 of 23Alexander Ross G1896 Alterations and operating room
Item 15 of 23Robert John Macbeth G1896 Alterations and operating room
Item 16 of 23Ross & Macbeth G1896 Alterations and operating room
Item 17 of 23Alexander Ross H1908 Wards
Item 18 of 23Alexander Ross & Son H1908 Wards
Item 19 of 23John Alistair Ross H1908 Wards
Item 20 of 23William Wardlaw Sclanders H1908 Wards - as assistant to Alexander Ross
Item 21 of 23(Sir) John James Burnet I19281936Alterations to original 1799-1804 main building and new ward blocks
Item 22 of 23Burnet, Son & Dick I19281936Alterations to original 1799-1804 main building and new ward blocks
Item 23 of 23Norman Aitken Dick I19281936Alterations to original 1799-1804 main building and new ward blocks

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 2Royal Northern Infirmary, Tweedmouth Memorial ChapelINVERNESS - The Tweedmouth Memorial Chapel, erected by the Dowager Lady Tweedmouth in the grounds of the Northern Infirmary, was opened on Saturday. Built of dressed freestone, the chapel is designed in a Late Pointed phase of Scotch Gothic. It is cruciform in design, with a steep-pitched roof covered with grey slates, and is surmounted in the centre by a fleche of oak, and slated, rising to 50 feet above the ground. The south window has three lights and tracery, and the windows in the two transept gables are triple lancets ; while a rose window, about 10ft. in diameter, gives light from the north end. The nave is 44 feet by 18 feet, whilst in either side there is a transept, separated from the main area by wrought-iron gates and curtains, for use by worshippers of the Roman and Anglican communions. The whole of the furnishings are in oak. The inside walls are of polished freestone, and the windows are all deeply moulded, the jambs and mullions being finished with shafts of grey Kilkenny marble and carved capitals. The roof is also in oak, panelled, and the arched ribs rising from the carved couples divide the interior into three bays. The floor of the chapel is laid with oak parquetry, stained and polished. A corridor. 9 feet wide, connects the church with the infirmary. Messrs. Ross and Macbeth, Inverness, were the architects [Building News 10 June 1898 p814]
Item 2 of 2Royal Northern Infirmary, Victoria Nurses' Home 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp196
Item 3 of 4MacKenzie, T C1946The Story of a Scottish Voluntary Hospital Inverness 
Item 4 of 4Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Architect and Building News1936Jan-Jun p291
Item 2 of 9Inverness Advertiser30 May 1865   
Item 3 of 9Inverness Advertiser7 March 1871   
Item 4 of 9Inverness Courier16 April 1845   
Item 5 of 9Inverness Courier19 January 1854   
Item 6 of 9Inverness Courier20 April 1894   
Item 7 of 9Inverness Courier7 July 1896   
Item 8 of 9Inverness Courier1 September 1896   
Item 9 of 9Northern Chronicle29 July 1908   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of Jim BrennanInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent July 2010
Item 2 of 5Highland Health Board ArchivesHighland Health Board Archives1/2/1, p12Payment to Laing for plan in Infirmary building accounts. Also Burgh Treasurer's accounts.
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register35332 
Item 4 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register46408Porter's lodge
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Norman Aitken Dick: F no2686 (box 10); John Hinton Gall: L v17 no1275; Robert John Macbeth: F v17 no 1115; William Wardlaw Sclanders: L v20 no1572 (particular phase of work not specified)