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Coltness House, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland

In 1953, Barnardo's opened a home for physically disabled children at Coltness House, a large mansion near Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

Coltness House, Wishaw, c.1910. © Peter Higginbotham

The home closed in around 1978 then was briefly used as a resettlement centre for Vietnamese "boat people". The building then stood empty and after being severely damaged by fire was eventually demolished in the early 1980s. The Woodlandsgate housing estate now covers the site, with the former Coltness House stables being converted to flats.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)