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Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Glasgow Royal Infirmary
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Glasgow Royal Infirmary is situated on Castle Street, in Glasgow and is located next to Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis and the University of Strathclyde. The original hospital was built between 1792 and 1794 by James Adam (1732-94) and was the sixth such infirmary hospital in Scotland. As the city grew in size it became evident that the hospital was struggling to cope with demand for its beds, so at the turn of the 20th century a new hospital was commissioned from the architect James Miller and Adam's building was demolished in 1907. Taking seven years to rebuild it was opened in 1914 by King George V and was Britain's biggest public building at that time. To some, however, it was too big and overshadowed the Cathedral. Numerous extensions have been added and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary remains the principal hospital for much of the eastern section of the city.


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