I have definitely been "away" too long. Here, at last, comes along a request that I actually know something about and - I miss it - until now.
Cathy is absolutely right about the Old Man's Asylum and Old Woman's Home being in Rottenrow, near to the High Street. My mother did her nurse training at Edinburgh Royal and at that time one of the youngest Sister's ever was a Lilian B Cameron. When my mother married and moved to Glasgow in 1935 she got in touch with her again as she had had - it was believed - an unhappy romantic episode and she gave up her career in Edinburgh and took over as Matron of said Old Man's Asylum in Rottenrow. This was run by a committee I believe with voluntary contributions. It must have been very well endowed because they had a place out in the (then) country which had large grounds and supplied the home with fruit, flowers and vegetables.
I know that for a long time it had been the only such establishment in Glasgow apart from the Poorhouse.
When my "Aunt" Lily went there, there were great big dormitories and I believe hundreds of old folk. With the increase of church homes for the elderly etc. she oversaw the metamorphosis of the institution into "Balmanno House". Fewer residents, smaller rooms. The country part was sold off. Finally the Rottenrow premises of the Home were bought over by Strathclyde University and she supervised the removal and establishment of Balmanno House in Great Western Road, where it still is today, at the corner of Cleveden Road. A really lovely home although of course very much smaller.
She was in her late 60s (early 1970s) when she finally retired to Perthshire but lived into her 90s. Always gently spoken, elegantly dressed and a real "lady", I believe she was much loved by staff and residents alike. There must have been a certain air about her though because when she visited my mother, my sister and I just knew to be on our best behaviour!
Gosh, that is another excursion for me down memory lane tonight! Thanks for that.
CROSGROVE: Ayrshire, Glasgow
CURZON: Staffs, Monmouthshire
TAIT, HUME, MIDDLEMAS,: Roxburghshire
PRINGLE: Glasgow, Central Belt, Edinburgh