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Latitude: 57.1553 / 57°9'19"N
Longitude: -2.118 / 2°7'4"W
OS Eastings: 392962
OS Northings: 807168
OS Grid: NJ929071
Mapcode National: GBR S8N.2Z
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.FFP0
Entry Name: Cornhill Road, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Forbes of Newe Obelisk
Listing Date: 19 April 1984
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 354449
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20006
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midstocket/Rosemount
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
John Smith, 1830. Pink granite ashlar obelisk, square-plan base, surmounted by 3 granite steps on splayed plinth; recessed tooled grey granite panels to each elevation, commemorating John Forbes of Newe and Charles Forbes of Newe, and the building of the Royal Cornhill Asylum.
B-Group with Elmhill House and 32 Westburn Road (Asylum Lodge). The lunatic asylum in Aberdeen was established at Cornhill in 1800, so that the mentally ill patients could be treated separately from other patients. Archibald Simpson designed the main asylum building in the early 19th century, which has since been replaced and engulfed by later additions. John Forbes of Newe bequeathed ?10,000 for the building of the new hospital, so in memory of this John Smith designed the obelisk which was originally in St. Nicolas Churchyard, but was moved to the Asylum and altered by Archibald Simpson in 1838.
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