Institution Information - Eastfield House, Joppa

Town/Parish/County: Duddingston, Midlothian

Alternative Names: [none]

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Text from 1857 Royal Commission Report

“EASTFIELD HOUSE, JOPPA; Visited 2d May 1855; Miss Wotherspoon, Proprietor.

This is a small cottage on the road-side between Portobello and Musselburgh. It is comfortably furnished, and has a garden enclosed by a high wall, but with a seaward view. It is, perhaps, more a house of detention for ladies addicted to intemperance than an asylum for lunatics. At present there is only one lady, under warrant as a patient, who pays £63 a year; but there is also another inmate, a deaf and dumb person, who, though fatuous, is not under warrant.

Miss Wotherspoon receives ladies who come under a voluntary obligation not to go out unattended, but she has had only one case of this kind. In such cases restraint would be used if necessary. The name of the deaf and dumb patient is not in the Weekly Register, and she has not been seen by the Sheriff, nor by the medical inspector.”

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