NJ9247 : Maud Hospital

taken 1 month ago, near to Maud, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Maud Hospital
Maud Hospital
This is the front elevation of the building which, unhappily for the purposes of photography, faces north-east.
Maud Hospital

The hospital was originally the Buchan Combination Poorhouse.

A committee was set up on 30 September 1865 to manage the project, which involved most of the parishes in north-eastern Aberdeenshire, though some parishes declined to participate because they already had suitable premises in their own parish.

The idea was that each Parochial Board would be asked to contribute to the overall cost in proportion to its pauper numbers. Boards were also asked to say how many beds they would take up, and the total number was 121 from the parishes participating at that time.

One Parochial Board was accused of having understated the number of beds it would require in order to reduce its contribution, but this was immediately noted by its fellows and steps taken to make sure that it would not be able to shirk its responsibility!

In due course a design competition for a poorhouse to accommodate up to 125, including 36 'fatuous paupers' produced seven entries, and the one chosen was by Aberdeen architect Alexander Ellis (1830-1917). The unsuccessful designs were by Daniel Macandrew, John Ogilvie, Thomas Moncur, William Hay, William Henderson and Alexander MacGregor.

Construction started in 1866, and the institution was opened in 1869. It provided 73 beds for females, 55 for males and 36 for 'fatuous paupers'.

The building is Category B Listed. See LinkExternal link for a fuller description.

At some point in the 20th century the building became a geriatric hospital, and it was eventually closed completely early in the 21st century; I have yet to discover the exact dates.

At the time of writing there are plans to convert the building to townhouses and flats.

Poorhouses in Scotland

Until 1845 the poor of the parish were usually dependant on the kirk's Poors Fund, but in that year an Act of Parliament established Parochial Boards in each parish to take responsibility for looking after the parish paupers.

One of the tasks of the parochial boards was to provide poorhouses where paupers unable to live independently could be accommodated.

It was quite common for a group of neighbouring parishes to get together and build a 'combination poorhouse' serving all of them, as it was much more economical to provide one large institution than half a dozen smaller ones.

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NJ9247, 66 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Anne Burgess   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 6 June, 2024   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 June, 2024
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 9250 4760 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:31.1106N 2:7.6115W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 9249 4762
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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