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Aberdeen, Albyn Place, Harlaw Academy

Hospital (First World War), School (19th Century)

Site Name Aberdeen, Albyn Place, Harlaw Academy

Classification Hospital (First World War), School (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Aberdeen Girls High School; Mrs Elmslie's Institution; Female Orphan Asylum; 1st Scottish General Hospital

Canmore ID 148164

Site Number NJ90NW 714

NGR NJ 93015 05735

NGR Description Centred NJ 93015 05735

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (30 September 2013)

The building of what was then the Girl's High School (now Harlaw Academy) was incorporated into the 1st Scottish General Hospital, one of four Territorial Force military hospitals established in the First World War in Scotland. The buildings of three other schools were used by the hospital (the Central School (later Aberdeen Academy); Rosemount; and Westfield), as well as the city's poorhouse, along with huts and tents.

The hospital provided beds for 34 officers and 1,385 other ranks.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 30 September 2013.

Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 714 centred 93015 05735

Architecture Notes


Aberdeen, Albyn Place, Mrs Emslie's Institution.

Architect: Archibald Simpson 1837.

Became Aberdeen Girls High School.

Incorporated into Harlaw Academy.


Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.


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