Friday, 22 April 2016

Finding Historic Mental Health Records in Scotland

We have been working hard over the last few months to index historic mental health records in Scotland. We have just released thousands of new records and hope to add to this over the next few weeks. The work is supported by volunteers and sponsors!

‘General Register of Lunatics in Asylums’
We are indexing the ‘General Register of Lunatics in Asylums’. This register begins in 1858 and records all patients in mental health institutions (often referred to as lunatic asylums) in Scotland.

While we have been working to index the historic Mental Health records for Scotland, we have been researching them and trying to locate more surviving records along the way.

We have been working with archives across Scotland to collate all this information into one place. You will find a page for each ‘Lunatic Asylum’ which will tell you its alternative names, its location, if any indexes exist, where the records are kept and (for asylums in operation before 1857) a description of the asylum. We hope you will all find this useful.

To learn more about our ‘Mental Health Records in Scotland’, including seeing examples of the records that we are indexing, visit our Learning Zone.