Lorn Combination Workhouse

The Lorn Combination was created in 1862 and initially comprised 10 parishes: Ardchattan and Muckairn, Glenorchy and Innishail, Kilbrandon, Kilchrennan and Dalavich, Kilmore and Kilbride, Kilninver and Kilmelfort, Lismore and Appin (all Argyllshire) together with Glenelg, Kilmallie, and Kilmonivaig (all Inverness-shire). They were later joined by Ardgour (Argyllshire). The total population of the member parishes in 1881 was 22,047.


Lorn Combination Poorhouse was erected in 1862-3 on a three-acre site on Miller Road at the south of Oban. The architect was John McKillop. It was a plain two-storey L-shaped building, extended in 1896 to designs by Kenneth Macrae, and again in 1912 with James G Falconer as architect. Its location and layout are shown on the 1899 map below.

After 1930, the poorhouse became the West Highland Rest Poor Law Institution. In 1946, it had 179 beds including 26 hosptal beds. Under the National Health Service it became Dalintart Hospital. The buildings have been demolished.

Check the 1871 census
The 1881 census http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Lorn/Lorn1881.shtml#Inmates
The only ones from Ardchattan are
Cat. CAMPBELL - 44 - F - Patient - Dairymaid - Ardchattan, Argyll
Christina McTAVISH - W - 80 - F - Patient - Cook Dom Serv - Benderloch, Argyll
The 1891 census
The 1901 census

https://liveargyll.co.uk/facility/archives/ Argyll and Bute Council Archives, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead PA31 8QU, Scotland.
Holdings include: Minute books (1898-1930); Admission and discharge register (1909-37); Visiting Committee report book (1920-48); Chaplain's Register, including notes on baptisms in poorhouse (1903-41); etc.

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