Thursday, November 20, 2014

Southern General Hospital

John McKillop (1868-1944), husband of Mary (Brodie) McKillop, died at Southern General Hospital in 1944. The hospital has a rich history and was originally built as the Govan Combination Poorhouse, which was established in 1852. Its earliest buildings were located in the old cavalry barracks on Eglinton Street.

Administration block of Southern General Hospital, Glasgow; photograph
courtesy of ScotlandsPlaces

In 1872 a new 240-bed Poor Law hospital and 180-patient lunatic asylum were built on present-day Merryflats, Govan. Between 1902 and 1905 large expansions provided 700 more beds. When Govan was annexed by Glasgow, the hospital was managed by the Glasgow Parish Council until 1948 when the National Health Service was formed. The hospital was formally renamed Southern General Hospital in 1923. The last poorhouse beds were taken out of use in 1936.

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