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Linlithgow, St Magdalene's Hospital

Hospital (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Linlithgow, St Magdalene's Hospital

Classification Hospital (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) St Magdalene's Hospitium Or Hostillarie

Canmore ID 49189

Site Number NT07NW 20

NGR NT 0112 7714

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council West Lothian
  • Parish Linlithgow
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District West Lothian
  • Former County West Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT07NW 20 0112 7714.

(NT 0112 7714) Supposed Site of (NAT) St Magdalene's Hospitium or Hostillarie (NR)

OS 6" map (1856)

The Hospital of St Mary Magdalene is first mentioned in 1335. The suggestion that it provided for pilgrims is apparently mere guesswork, based on the fact that there is a "Pilgrims' Hall" in the vicinity. According to a charter of 1528, this was a poor's hospital, with a chapel and a cemetery. Its lands were alienated before 1 June 1591. Spottiswoode states that this hospital was "formerly governed by the Lazarites". There is no evidence of this. There are references c.1251 to land held by this order in the territory of "Kathlac" (possibly Cathlaw: NS 9872), but no connection between this land or this order and St Mary Magdalene's hospital is indicated.

D E Easson 1957

In origin this may have been a hospital for lepers as payments to the Lazar House, as distinct from the alms-house, of Linlithgow are recorded in the mid-15th century.

I B Cowan 1964

This site is now occupied by a warehouse. No further information.

Visited by OS (BS) 20 March 1974.


Field Visit (1997 - 2001)

Derek Hall managed an Historic Scotland funded project to record medieval hospital sites in Scotland. Gazetteers were produced for each regional council area between 1997 and 2001 with an overall review in 2001.


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