At the time of an official Royal visit in November, it already held 200 sick and wounded sailors.
The same donor erected a hospital in South Africa at the time of the Boer War!
One such ship was the Hospital Ship Sheelah, which belonged to the wife of Admiral Beattie. In August 1914, Sheelah was presented by Lady Beatty to the Admiralty for use as a Hospital Ship. Ethel Beatty paid for much of the fitting out including an Operating Theatre whose design was later used in other Hospital ships. Sheelah was based at Rosyth.
‘Princess Christian last week paid a visit to the Queen Mary and Princess Christina Hospital at South Queensbury on the Firth of Forth , where there are at present a number of sick cases from the Fleet in the wards , and afterwards visited Lady Beatty, wife of Rear Admiral Sir David Beatty, on board the steam yacht Sheelah which is now equipped as a hospital ship.’
The 'Edinburgh Committee for Providing Concerts for the Wounded Soldiers', arranged concerts to entertain the convalescents. Hopetoun House was among a list of hospitals and camps visited.
From November 1915 to New Year's Day 1916, 64 concerts were arranged.
On 21 3 1916, the Scotsman reported that an ambulance train from England had arrived at the Caledonian Station, Edinburgh, with 124 sick and wounded soldiers. 35 men were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 20 to Craiglieth Hospital and 40 to Dalmeny Hospital.