Soutra’s secrets unveiled at open weekend

The medieval hospital Soutra Aisle
The medieval hospital Soutra Aisle

The Soutra Aisle Hospital Research Project will be open to the public this Easter weekend.

Now in its 30th years, the historic initiative will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 2pm.

The project is investigating the demolished Soutra medieval hospital site, which was one of the best hospitals in the north and had a 500-year history.

Highlights of any visit include the project’s review of the use of St John’s Wort.

Other key findings have included the use of anaasthesia, blood-letting, dentistry, food and water poisoning, surgical amputations and famine management.

The hospital was first heard of in 1164 confirmed its charter.

Soutra Aisle, which was run by and Augustinian Order, is situated off the A68. Take the B6368 Gilston Road. The aisle is the sole building for miles.