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Edinburgh City Poorhouse, Craiglockhart - lost?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Edinburgh City Poorhouse, Craiglockhart - lost? Reply with quote

Location: Edinburgh City Poorhouse, Craiglockhart
Address: Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh
OS Grid Ref.: NT235700
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The Scotsman, Wednesday 24 January 1923

    POORHOUSE MEMORIAL UNVEILED

    Colonel Young, C.B.E., D.L., Chairman of Edinburgh Parish Council, unveiled yesterday afternoon the memorial tablet to staff and inmates of Edinburgh City Poorhouse who fell in the recent war. The ceremony, which took place in the dining hall of the institution, was performed in the presence of a large gathering of inmates and guests. The tablet, which is of brass upon an oak panel, has been placed in a recess behind the platform of the hall. Above a suitable inscription the Royal monograms are intertwined, and underneath these is a replica of the city arms. Among those present were Mr Adam W. Scott (chairman), Lord Provost Hutchison, Major Huie, and members of the Parish Council. Colonel Young, in performing the ceremony, said that from among the staff 16 men went out on service, and of these 6 made the supreme sacrifice. Among the other men who at one time or another, had found a home in Craiglockhart the Governor had traced over 100 who were on service. Of these at least 30 paid the same price. Many of those who were claimed as being connected with Craiglockhart were Reservists, and had the honour of belonging to that glorious Army they proudly described as "Old Contemptibles." It was on the Marne that Germany lost the war, and to that end men belonging to Craiglockhart contributed. The dedicatory prayer was given by the Right Rev. Dr Wallace Williamson, while a wreath was placed at the foot of the memorial by the Very Rev. Canon J. Forsyth. Before the ceremony, Colonel Young inspected a guard of honour of the 1st Territorial Cadet Battalion Royal Scots, which were present during the ceremony.


The Edinburgh City Poorhouse became Glenlockhart in the 1940s, then in the 1960s it was renamed Greenlea Old Peoples Home, and that closed down in the 1980s. The original main buildings then had their connecting corridors demolished, and were redeveloped into flats. All of the other buildings on the site were cleared to make room for new housing.

The question is, has this memorial survived? And if so, where is it?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd be very surprised if this one has survived. I think they'd have destroyed evidence of a poorhouse rather than preserve the memory of the men lost.

It may be worth tracing down a local Edinburgh paper from that date to see if they give a bit more detail such as names.

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone checked with the City Museums Service to see what they hold?Perth&Kinross were full of surprises so there may be hope!
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