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HIGHLAND WARTIME HOSPITALS

During both World Wars apart from very small establishments, nearly every general and fever hospital and some poorhouses were affected either by reserving beds for service personnel or by treating them as out-patients. Cameron Barracks and Fort George Military Hospitals, Inverness both had substantial additional caseloads. The list below notes where other wartime arrangements were made.

Establishment

Date

Details

 

WORLD WAR 1

 

 

Balnagowan Castle, Kildary

1914

Initially Naval then Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1915.

Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer

1917

US Naval Hospital until 1918.

Creagdhu House Onich

1940

Auxiliary Hospital mothballed in 1941.

Cromarty Military Camp

1915

Hutted hospital for 220 dismantled in 1919.

Dunskaith House, Nigg

1914

Briefly a Naval Hospital.

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

1914

Opened as Naval Auxiliary Hospital but fire in 1915 closed wards.

Elsick House, Strathpeffer

1917

Nurses’ home for US Naval Hospital until 1918.

Fairburn House, Dingwall

1917

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Fort Augustus Abbey

1915

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Hedgefield House, Inverness

1915

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer

1917

US Naval Hospital until 1918.

Ivybank, Nairn

1915

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918. Since demolished.

Leys Castle, Inverness

1917

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Lochiel Hospital, Fort William

1914

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Muirtown Hotel, Inverness

1917

US Navy sick bay until 1918.  Main hospital was at Strathpeffer.

Nicolson Mackenzie, Strathpeffer

1914

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

Novar House, Dingwall

1917

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed 1918.

The Pavilion, Strathpeffer

1917

US Naval Hospital until 1918.

Seaforth Auxiliary, Strathpeffer

1916

Wing of Spa Hotel leased by Lady Seaforth until 1918 as an auxiliary hospital.

Seaforth Sanatorium, Maryburgh

1914

Red Cross Auxiliary hospital until 1919. Run with its own staff.

 

 

 

WORLD WAR 2

 

 

Achnagairn House, Kirkhill

1940

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital for officers. Closed 1945.

Bignold, Wick

1940

Taken over by the RAF until 1946.  Civilian Hospital transferred to Lybster High School.

County, Invergordon

1939

Taken over by the Admiralty until 1946.  Civilian Hospital transferred to Spa Hotel and Seaforth Sanatorium.

Duncraig Castle, Plockton

1940

Naval Hospital until 1946.

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

1939

Treated British and Commonwealth military personnel.

Elsick House, Strathpeffer

1940

Army Hospital until 1943 then Ross-shire fever cases until 1946.

Forse House, Caithness

1947

RAF hospital. Post war residential home.

Gairloch Hotel

1940

Army Hospital until 1946.

Glencoe House

1941

Auxiliary Hospital then maternity 1948-56 then general hospital. Closed 2009.

Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer

1948

Accommodation for military families returned from India which included a hospital.

Raigmore, Inverness

1941

Purpose built wartime hospital then general hospital. Site of all major Highland hospital centralisation since 1948.

Spa Hotel, Strathpeffer

1939

Ross and Cromarty’s wartime fever hospital until 1946.

Tulloch Castle, Dingwall

1940

Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. Closed by 1945.

 

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