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Visiting Committee Minutes, 1852 - 1917

Identifier: LHB7/2

Scope and Contents

The minutes cover all aspects of the hospital's administration and from May 1854 they contain a summary of patient numbers.

The minutes from 14 Jan 1892 - 21 Jan 1897 are duplicated. A note at the beginning of LHB7/2/7 states that the minute book for which it was the draft went missing in 1897. The draft minutes book was apparently used in its place and the minutes from Jan 1892 presumably rewritten from draft. The un-noted recovery of the missing minute books seems to have caused the duplication.


  • Creation: 1852 - 1917

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Biographical / Historical

In July 1852 the Managers appointed a visiting committee of three of their number. This committee, which at first met weekly and later fortnightly, dealt with the day to day running of the hospital: its minutes therefore cover all aspects of the hospital’s administration.

By 1917 the Visiting Committee had expanded to such an extent that most of the hospital’s business was transacted by it. It was decided to discontinue the use of a separate minute book and therefore from October 1917 the Visiting Committee’s minutes will be found with the Manager’s minutes.


7 Volumes

Related Materials

Minutes of Managers' Committees, Jun 1849 - Dec 1850 (LHB7/1/13); Managers' Minutes, Jan 1850 - May 1856 (LHB7/1/3).


Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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