Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

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Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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The new maternity hospital
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital is located in Glasgow council area
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital
Shown in Glasgow
LocationGlasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°51′54″N 4°13′51″W / 55.8651°N 4.2308°W / 55.8651; -4.2308Coordinates: 55°51′54″N 4°13′51″W / 55.8651°N 4.2308°W / 55.8651; -4.2308
Hospital typeSpecialist
Other linksList of hospitals in Scotland

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 received 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.