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Murthly Hospital

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

Site Name Murthly Hospital

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

Alternative Name(s) Murthly Asylum; Se Wing; Murthly War Hospital; Perth District Lunatic Asylum

Canmore ID 79587

Site Number NO13NW 44

NGR NO 10084 38620

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Little Dunkeld
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (1 October 2013)

Perth District Lunatic Asylum was opened to patients in April 1864 and closed, as Murthly Hospital, in 1984. The complex became Murthly War Hospital in the First World War, with beds for 350 other ranks. Between January 1917 and March 1919 the hospital was used as a Military Psychiatric Hospital, the civilian patients being moved to other local psychiatric hospitals.

The 2nd edition OS map makes clear the scale of the complex, which included a graveyard at the west end (now built over) and a tramway from the railway station at the southern edge.

While the main building has been demolished, the administration block survives (listed C) and three substantial 'villas', possibly including the medical superintendent's house at the east side, seem to have survived.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 1 October 2013.

Archaeology Notes

NO13NW 44.00 NO 10084 38620.

NO13NW 44.01 NO 10048 38704 administrative block

see also

NO03NE 21 NO 09980 38645 SW Wing

For stone circle within the grounds (NO 1027 3851), see NO13NW 4.

Architecture Notes


Architect: David Smart 1871

Convalescent house 1895


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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