Kingussie & Insh, Inverness-shire

In around 1880, the parish of Kingussie and Insh erected a poorhouse or almshouse which was administered by the Parochial Board rather than operating as a statutory poorhouse under the central Board of Supervision.

The building was located a mile or so to the east of Kingussie. It was not identified as a poorhouse by the Ordnance Survey map of 1901, but was named Laggan Cottage.

Kingussie poorhouse site, 1901.

The census of 1881 included seven entries for "Laggan Cottages" with a total of seventeen people in residence. In 1904, the establishment was recorded as having accommodation for 7 men or women, with the inmates supervised by a resident nurse.

In the early 1990s, the now much-extended property was converted into holiday accommodation and renamed "The Auld Poor House".

Kingussie former poorhouse from the west, 2010.
© Peter Higginbotham.



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