Family History Research at LHSA

Was your ancestor a Nurse?

LHSA holds training records and/or registers of nurses for several hospitals including the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the Royal Maternity Hospital (later known as the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion), Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and the Chalmers, Deaconess, Bruntsfield, Elsie Inglis, Bangour Village and City Hospitals.  We also hold a large number of photographs of nurses but unfortunately not many of them are named. 

For a comprehensive list of records available, please use our Source List.

Nursing Source List

Please note that personnel records created within the last 100 years are covered by the Data Protection Act 1998.

Further information on restrictions on access

To get started

1) Look up the collection catalogue for the particular hospital you are interested in to find out what records are available.

Edinburgh and Lothian Hospital Catalogues

Dingleton Hospital

Advice on Searching our Catalogues

2) Contact us to make an appointment to come in and consult the records, or to make an enquiry.

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Non-LHSA sources

A useful source for finding out where a nurse was trained is the annual Register of Nurses, maintained by the General Nursing Council for ScotlandLHSA holds a few of these but the main records of the GNC for Scotland are held at the National Archives of Scotland (ref: GNC).

National Archives of Scotland


The Royal College of Nursing Archives may also be able to help you track down your ancestor.

Tracing Nurses at the RCN