Sunnyside Hospital: Carnegie Lodge, Hillside

General Details and Location

Name of Building
Sunnyside Hospital: Carnegie Lodge
Other Name(s)
Montrose Lunatic Asylum
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Reference No
Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NO 70973 61784
Location Type
Rural Settlement
HS Reference No


2 storey and attic Jacobean, approximately symmetrical, large centre gable. Snecked rubble. (Historic Scotland)

Named Carnegie Lodge after Mrs Susan Carnegie of Charlton, the founder of the old Royal Asylum in Montrose. Carnegie Lodge was built as a smaller version of the main hospital building, with a large, central administration block flanked by L-shaped wings, one for male patients and the other for female patients. The central administration block contained the public rooms including a great recreation hall on the first floor, and the wings contained the kitchens, dining rooms, sitting rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. The villa was designed as a country house, with rich fittings and furnishings, and offered patients the opportunity to live as if they were part of a normal, if somewhat wealthy, village community. There was a minimum of restrictions, and patients were relatively free to walk or drive in the grounds, go to church on Sundays, pay a weekly visit to the theatre, go to the local shop or attend hospital.

Sunnyside Royal Hospital, designed by the architect, William Lambie Moffatt , was built in 1855-7 on a hillside site 6km north of Montrose to replace the old Royal Asylum in the town. The new site was further developed in 1888-91 when a hospital block, designed by the architects, Sydney Mitchell & Wilson, was built to the north-west of the main building, and a large villa, Carnegie Lodge, was added to house private patients. Another two villas, Howden Villa and North Esk Villa, were built in the early 1900s to provide accommodation for pauper patients, and a nurses' home was constructed in 1935. (RCAHMS)
Building Dates
William Kelly of W. & J. Smith and Kelly (Aberdeen)

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
30/06/2009, 22/10/2012
Development History
January 2008: The site is nominated for inclusion on the Register by a member of the public.
June 2009: External inspection finds the hospital site is scheduled for closure in 2010. Most of the buildings have been closed and boarded up, the main building and the nurses home remain at use at time of survey.
August 2010: The Press and Journal reports copper piping has been reported as stolen from the vacant building. The article goes on to note the site at Sunnyside remains partly occupied by the NHS, but is intended for full closure next year.
September 2010: Local planners confirm theft of copper piping from the attic space and top floor of the building. No water damage has occured as the system was previously drained. Some lead has also been stolen from roofs. Angus Council will be working with NHS Trust to secure the long term future of the Sunnyside site in advance of the full closure of all wards.
23 October 2012: External inspection finds no significant change from the previous site visit.
30 April 2013: The Courier reports on local concern at the ongoing vacancy at Sunnyside Hospital. The article notes previous metal thefts from the site including lead theft last week. NHS Tayside is noted as working with the Scottish Futures Trust, which has appointed a master planner to prepare Sunnyside for sale.
30 September 2013: Local planners advise they continue to work with NHS Tayside to establish a new use for the site. Although the site has been fully vacated by the NHS it is under active monitoring. The condition of the Carnegie building remains poor, but isn't deteriorating at this time. Risk level moved to Moderate.
9 September 2015: A member of the public notes the former hospital site is now being marketed for sale. Ballantynes is marketing the circa 26 hectare site for sale, offers invited. The sales particulars note NHS Tayside commissioned Jones Lang LaSalle to prepare a Development Framework for the Sunnyside site.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number
01307 473342


Current Availability
For Sale
Appointed Agents
Ballantynes (as at Sept 2015)
Offers Invited (as at Sept 2015)
Occupancy Type
Present/Former Uses
Name of Owners
NHS Tayside
Type of Ownership
Health Authority/Trust

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