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Rebecca Green
24-11-2004, 8:33 AM
An ancestor of mine died in Gilmour House, Borough of Liberton, in Edinburgh, in 1871. The informant of his death was the Superintendent. The only mention I have found for Gilmour House on the internet is on Rossbrett's Asylum website, where a "Database of Appointments of Various Medical Staff at Asylums 1869-74, Extracted from the Journal of Mental Science" shows that "Allan, C J - M.B., C.M. has been appointed Visiting Physician of the Gilmour House Lunatic Asylum, at Liberton, Edinburgh." (This is the name of the doctor who certified my ancestor's death.)
I would very much like to read this ancestor's medical records - does anyone know what happened to Gilmour House, or where its archives might be? (One of this ancestor's brothers died in Montrose Lunatic Asylum, and I have obtained his medical records, which make very sad reading.)

Mary Young
27-11-2004, 1:23 PM
Hi, Rebecca
1) Lothian Health Services Archive may be able to help you http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/welcome/index.html
2) Although I live in Edinburgh, our family are "late-comers" so I haven't done any 19th century research here. Try posting to the Edinburgh Forum, someone there may have specialised knowledge.
3) Balfour House, Liberton, was occupied by 8 mining families in 1881.
4) Finally, I too googled on Balfour House - once again hit my favourite site www.edinphoto.org.uk (http://www.edinphoto.org.uk) - to discover a Robert Murray of that address was a member of Photographic Society of Scotland 1860-1862. I wonder if he was a doctor, or a very rich patient!

Mary Young
28-11-2004, 3:14 PM
...Rossbrett's Asylum website ..., Hi, Could you post the link to this website, I can't find it? Thanks

Rebecca Green
28-11-2004, 3:24 PM
Dear Mary,
Thankyou for your suggestions - I'll follow them up. The website I mentioned is at:
By the way, the institution I mentioned is Gilmour House, not Balfour House as you referred to it, which I think must be something else.
thanks again,

Mary Young
28-11-2004, 3:31 PM
Hi, Rebecca
Sorry, I meant to say, 8 mining families were in GILMOUR House, Liberton in 1881. (I think Balfour House was on my mind, it was a sub-section of one of the large Edinburgh Lunatic Asylums.)
Thanks for link to that site (I was searching on Rossbrett with 2 t's):)
Would be interested to hear if you get a result.

Rebecca Green
28-11-2004, 3:48 PM
Hi Mary,
Thanks for clarifying that - it certainly suggests that Gilmour House was not functioning as a lunatic asylum by 1881!
I have emailed a query to the Lothian Health archives, so will have to wait and see if they know anything about it.
cheers, Rebecca