Dalmeny House

Dalmeny House

On 13 November 1914, the Linlithgowshire Gazette reported:

Lord Rosebery's Message to the Wounded at Dalmeny House

In the hall at Dalmeny House there is a message of welcome to wounded soldiers from Lord Rosebery, who has written in the following terms. "I desire to offer a hearty welcome to all our wounded soldiers who may come under this roof. I esteem it a high honour and privilege to receive them. The house could not be put to a better use, and I hope they will all recover their health and enjoy their stay."

Since the early weeks of the war his Lordship's residence has been fulfilling the hopes he expresses in this communication - the splendid equipment of the hospital, the unceasing attention and kindess of staff and visitors, and, not least, the beautiful site of the house, are all the subject of warm approval on the part of the men who have come home wounded and ill from the fighting line. Of the last batch of wounded to arrive in Edinburgh, a number were taken to Dalmeny, and as these came direct from snow-clad and frozen trenches, their appreciation of the arrangements which have been made for their comfort is doubly sure. Among the men to arrive were several of the 2nd Battalion of the Black Watch who have been stationed in India for some years, and who were sent to the front on the outbreak of hostilities.

Two other mansion houses in West Lothian also operated as Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals during the war.  Hopetoun House, where the ballroom was used, and Polkemmet House at Whitburn. Soldiers discharged from the War Hospitals would be sent to an auxiliary hospital to complete their convalescence before being sent back to active service, or discharged from the army.

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Dalmeny House
Dalmeny House, Midlothian. Courtesy of Jonathan Oldenbuck, Wikipedia.