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    Default Royal Sunnyside Hospital, Montrose - April 2018


    Sunnyside Royal Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located in Hillside, north of Montrose, Scotland. The hospital was founded in 1781 by Susan Carnegie as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary and obtained a Royal Charter in 1810. The original building was situated on the Montrose Links on a site bounded by Barrack Road, Ferry Road and Garrison Road.

    In 1834, the Governors of the asylum, carrying out the wishes of Mrs Carnegie (who had strongly advocated the appointment of a medical specialist in insanity) appointed the phrenologist William A.F. Browne as medical superintendent. Browne was to prove an inspired choice and an energetic and resourceful leader. He regarded public education as part of his duties, and gave a series of lectures which became enormously popular and influential. In 1837, five lectures were published together under the title What Asylums Were, Are and Ought To Be; this book came to the attention of the Dumfries philanthropist Elizabeth Crichton. She travelled to Montrose, interviewed Browne and offered him the equivalent post at the Crichton Royal in Dumfries. Crichton offered Browne a raise from 150 to 350 per annum. Browne was succeeded at Montrose by Richard Poole, an early psychiatric historian, and, later, by Dr James Howden, who identified cases of pellagra in the asylum.

    In 1858, a new improved asylum was completed to the north of Montrose in the village of Hillside on lands of the farm of Sunnyside and the old site was vacated. This site was further developed with the construction of a new facility for private patients called Carnegie House in 1899. Despite this addition, overcrowding was a problem, as the asylum's patient numbers had grown to 670 by 1900. This situation required additional building work to be undertaken. Consequently, two new buildings - Howden Villa (1901) and Northesk Villa (1904)- were added to the facility. Additional staff were required to care for the additional patients and the Westmount Cottages were built in 1905 to house them. In 1911 the lease of Sunnyside Farm finally expired and over 52 acres were purchased for the sum of 4500. A further development was the addition of Angus House, which was built in 1939 to accommodate elderly patients suffering from dementia.

    In 1948, the National Health Service 1946 (Scotland) Act brought the hospital under control of the Eastern Regional Hospital Board. Its name was changed from the Royal Asylum of Montrose to the Royal Mental Hospital of Montrose. In 1962 it became Sunnyside Royal Hospital and came under the jurisdiction of new management. During the 1950s and 1960s, the introduction of new drugs lessened the need for prolonged admission of patients. In addition, the Mental Health (Scotland) Act of 1960 also significantly altered legislation in respect of mental illness and reduced the grounds on which someone could be detained in a mental hospital.

    The archives of the hospital are held by Archive Services, University of Dundee as part of the NHS Tayside archive.

    The site was officially closed in late 2011 and most patients were sent to a new 20 million build at Stracathro Hospital (also in Angus) - the Susan Carnegie Centre. Others were placed in the community. Sunnyside was open for 230 years before its closure, and was the oldest psychiatric hospital in Scotland.



    Explore,

    I visited this with PV, was only planned to be a quick visit but turned out to be much longer due to the fact that the site is huge and just so much to see.

    We spent one night camped out in Carnegie only to find out we had been sealed in at some point early in the morning, luckly we found a way out lol.

    Whilst we were there we were lucky enough to see most of the buildings on site with out too many complications. The one disappointing part was that almost all the sinks have now been smashed and taps removed.


    On with the photos

    The Main Building



























































    A long exposure at night




    Part 2 - the rest of the site

    Booth House












    Occupational Therapy














    The Infirmary


















    Carnegie Clinic


















    The Forge






    The Morgue





    Thanks for looking

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    That's one of the best report I have seen so far this year. Corking stuff JSP. Loads to see and very well covered.
    Last edited by HughieD; 11th Jun 18 at 19:07.

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    Stunning report. The Infirmary looks like the best bit especially the dentist or whatever it is.
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    Wonderfully dated hospital. Brilliant report and photos JSP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MD View Post
    great set of pictures there (y)
    Thanks MD:��

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    Cheers Hughe, we was there for a few days and luckily got round vertually all of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPUrbex View Post
    Stunning report. The Infirmary looks like the best bit especially the dentist or whatever it is.
    Thanks KPU, yes it was a dentist chair.


    Quote Originally Posted by Electric View Post
    Wonderfully dated hospital. Brilliant report and photos JSP.
    Cheers Electric

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    Wow. Fabulous report and what a place eh?

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    Superb photos!

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