Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

Coordinates: 55°51′54″N 4°13′51″W / 55.8651°N 4.2308°W / 55.8651; -4.2308
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Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
The new maternity hospital
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital is located in Glasgow council area
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
Shown in Glasgow
LocationAlexandra Parade, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°51′54″N 4°13′51″W / 55.8651°N 4.2308°W / 55.8651; -4.2308
Care systemNHS Scotland
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The Princess Royal Maternity Hospital is a maternity hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. It was founded as the Glasgow Lying-in Hospital and Dispensary in 1834 in Greyfriars Wynd, just off the city's High Street.[1] It moved to St Andrew's Square in 1841, then to Rottenrow in 1860 and to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary site in 2001. It is managed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[2]


Remains of the demolished Rottenrow building

The hospital was founded in Greyfriars Wynd as the Glasgow Lying-in Hospital and Dispensary in 1834.[3] Lying-in is an archaic term for childbirth (referring to the month-long bedrest prescribed for postpartum confinement). A dispensary was a place to receive medicine; see for context the Dispensary movement in Manchester.[4]

The hospital moved to St Andrew's Square in 1841[3] and to Rottenrow in 1860.[3] New buildings were erected on the Rottenrow site in 1881.[5]

A West End branch opened in St. Vincent Street in 1888,[5] the same year that Murdoch Cameron performed the world's first modern Caesarean section.[6] An extension was added in 1908[5] and the title "Glasgow Royal Maternity and Women's Hospital" was granted in 1914.[3] A clinical laboratory opened in 1926[5] and a nurses' home was opened in 1928.[7]

The West End branch closed in 1941 after it was damaged in an air raid[5] and a new out-patients department opened in 1955.[5] The title "Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital" was adopted in 1960.[3]

After the old building in Rottenrow had fallen into a state of disrepair, the hospital moved to a new building on the Glasgow Royal Infirmary site in October 2001.[8] The new facility was named the "Princess Royal Maternity Hospital".[9]

Meanwhile, the Rottenrow building was acquired and demolished by the University of Strathclyde.[10] The university re-opened the site as Rottenrow Gardens in October 2003.[11]


  1. ^ "History of Glasgow". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Records of Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland". 4 February 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ Pickstone, John V. (1985). Medicine and Industrial Society: A History of Hospital Development in Manchester and Its Region, 1752-1946. Manchester University Press. pp. 51–54. ISBN 9780719018091.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  6. ^ Dunn, Etta (2014). Central Glasgow Through Time. Gloucestershire: Amberley Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4456-3870-6.
  7. ^ Williamson, Elizabeth; Riches, Anne; Higgs, Malcolm (2005). Glasgow. New Haven, Conn. [u.a.]: Yale Univ. Press. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-300-09674-3.
  8. ^ "Rottenrow makes way for the future". HeraldScotland. 9 October 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Modernising Maternity Services: Outcome of Consultation" (PDF). Greater Glasgow NHS Board. 20 April 2004. p. 3. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Lost Glasgow: Rottenrow hospital". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ Leitch, John. "Rottenrow Garden - University of Strathclyde". Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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