Construction work begin in 1890 to build what was originally known as Lanark District Asylum. Construction work would take five years at a cost of £135’000.  Built originally to hold 500 patients across 6 wards it was a completely self sustaining with its own gardens, cemetery, farm, power plant, reservoir, staff accommodation and railway line.

Patient intake peaked in the early 1900’s with nearly 1’000 patients before the beginning of the first world war.  Like many other asylums its demise occurred initially with the drug breakthrough of the 1950-60’s and the final nail in the coffin when the 1990 care in the community act was passed.   The hospital closed in 1999. It was briefly used as the location for a local community based television channel (LTV) till the end of 2001.

A severe fire in 2004 saw extensive damage to the kitchens,  main hall, shopping mall and the stunning clock towers. The rest of the outbuildings were demolished after this fire. It has subsequently suffered from further fire damage and neglect.


  • tumbles, July 16, 2020 @ 08:19

    Nobody cares, but it is starting to be redeveloped so be quick

  • Gordon mckinnon, July 11, 2020 @ 09:02

    My uncle, David mckinnon was a patient in hardwood, while the family were alive it was difficult to find out the truth why he was there, it was around 1953, is there any computer records or was that too early for computer info.,

  • Gordon Henderson, July 10, 2020 @ 17:43

    I’d love to have a wander around this site. I drove to Hartwood recently. I noticed the gates saying authorised personnel only but saw some people walking around the buildings, decided to leave it this time. Guessing no one bothers if you take a walk around the site

  • Jacqueline Cogan, June 16, 2020 @ 00:00

    Message for Ann McKinnon/McGilvery – my Dad worked there at this time, I can’t see an email for you here but mine is get in touch if you still looking for connections about this. Kind Regards

  • Andrew, January 14, 2017 @ 22:21


    I am just wondering if anyone has any information regarding patients that where in the hospital.

    Many thanks


  • ultimet1, April 6, 2015 @ 23:37

    The patient records for Hartwood Asylum/ Mental Hospital are held at Hairmyres General Hospital East Kilbride G75 8RG.

  • tumbles, March 4, 2015 @ 18:59

    Try the national archives website – search for the hospital and it will tell you where the patient addmission records (if any remain) are

  • Helen Ringrose, February 22, 2015 @ 13:39

    I am trying to trace any info on my husbands great aunt Alice Finch don’t know why she was admitted there but apparently she refused to come out and ended up being in charge or working in the shop. She shunned her family altogether

  • MALLY HARVEY, October 31, 2014 @ 20:10

    Hi, I have recently discovered my mothers brother,Andrew McGuigan, died in Hartwood Asylum, Shotts in 1940 aged 28. His death certificate says he died from Cardiac failure and Epilepsy. How do I find out how long he was there and why he was committed? Thankyou Mally

  • Christine Thomson, February 3, 2014 @ 21:06

    I am looking for info on my grandfather.
    Anthony Cesonis
    Died April 16th 1935 in Hartwood.
    Age 50.
    Can anyone help.
    We know nothing of why he was in this place.

  • ann mcgilvery walker, September 12, 2013 @ 10:09

    I trained in Hartwood hospital, from 1989 to 1991, immigrated to Canada, in 1995, was shocked to see it now in its present condition.
    I am trying to locate the friends I made while working there. My maiden name is Ann Mackinnon, please contact my email if you were there at the same time frame.

  • Thatcher C Nalley, June 26, 2013 @ 16:08

    I just published an e-book titled, LETTERS FROM THE LOONEY BIN, about an old asylum that correlates to your articles. Your pictures definitely paint the picture! It’s on Amazon Kindle. I use to work at a Mental Hospital as well (almost 7 years) talk about needing a drink after work! Thanks for bringing forth an important topic 🙂

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