Mother and Baby Homes — Scotland

The establishments listed below are believed to have provided at least some accommodation for unmarried mothers and their babies, during at least some of their existence. They include maternity homes, before-and-after-confinement care homes, hostels for pregnant working girls or working mothers, and Irish County Homes. Homes that in their day were labelled Magdalen Homes are listed elsewhere.

Where applicable, the 'Places' column shows the accommodation provided for mothers and babies (exact figures could change over time).
Note that over the years, many institutions changed location and/or name, sometimes more than once. The accommodation provided, age of those admitted etc. at a home could also vary.

Aberdeenshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Aberdeen Mother and Baby Home, 25 Westfield Terrace, Aberdeenby 1936by 1950   
Aberdeen Mother and Baby Home, 25 Westfield Terrace, Aberdeen19421948 17 
Aberdeen Mother and Baby Home, Richmondhill House, 22 King's Gate, Aberdeen19481974 17 

Angus (Forfarshire)

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Mother and Baby Home, 31 Ward Road, Dundeeby 1956    
St Ronan's Shelter, Dalkeith Road, Dundee19251973Preventive and rescue cases; free.10over 14
Salvation Army Home, Florence Booth House, Clement Park, HarefieldRoad, Lochee, Dundee19281970Unmarried mothers with their infants.40m/28 babiesno limit
Salvation Army Home, Seafield Lodge, Magdalen Green, Dundee19181927Girls and women in distress.24m/8bno limit
Salvation Army Home, Cidhmore, 488 Perth Road, Dundee19281929Girls and women in distress.  

Lanarkshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Glasgow Home for Deserted Mothers, 140 Rotten Row, Glasgow1873    
Church of Scotland Maternity Home, 22 Herbert Street, Glasgow19151923Expectant mothers; 6s.8under 30
The Knowe Mother and Baby Home/Hostel, 301 Albert Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow1940  38 
Church of Scotland Home, Auldhousefield, Pollokshaws, Glasgow1908 Mothers and infants; 5s.36no limit
Church of Scotland Maternity Home, 39 Lansdowne Crescent, Glasgow19241943Expectant mothers; 7s.12under 30
Church of Scotland Maternity Home, 68 St Andrew's Drive, Glasgow19441957Expectant mothers;  
Church of Scotland Mother and Baby Home, Lansdowne House, 44 Sutherland Avenue, Glasgow19571974 26 
Salvation Army Maternity Home, 1014 Great Western Road, Glasgow19361964   
The Fraser of Allander Maternity Home, 5 Cleveden Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow19491982 36 
Atholl House, 63 Partickhill Road, Glasgow19251970sAll classes of women and girls needing help.  
Salvation Army Home, Homeland, 25 St Andrew's Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow19201936Unmarried mothers with their babies.22no limit

Midlothian

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Home for Mothers and Babies, 17 Claremont Park, Edinburgh19241970sUnmarried expectant mothers (first child only); must be willing to remain three or four months after confinement; 10s; or by arrangement.12m/9 babiesunder 25
Salvation Army Home, 'Tor', Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh19481970   
Lauriston Home, 3 Lauriston Park, Edinburgh19161925   
Lauriston Home / Haig Ferguson Memorial Home, 4 Lauriston Park, Edinburgh19251974 9 
Mother and Infant Home, 5 Admiral Terrace, Edinburgh19121918   
Mother and Infant Home, 27 Drummond Place, Edinburgh19181919   
Salvation Army Home, Bonnington Bank House, Ferry Road, Edinburgh19201947Unmarried mothers with their babies.22 
Church of Scotland Home, Denhamgreen House, Edinburgh1918 Mothers and infants; 5s.40no limit
Mother and Baby Home / Children's Home, 23 Lady Brae, Gorebridge19351975 6 

Perthshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
Melville House Girls' Hostel, 129 Scott Street, Perth19291972Girls in need; Probation Act cases received.  

Renfrewshire

Name and LocationFounded/OpenedClosed/MovedClasses Received, Weekly fees, etc.PlacesAdmission Age
St Gerard's Mother and Baby Home, Greenock Road, Bishopton19281985 43