Basic Site Details

Name: 129 Princes Street
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: CHECK: conflict of information re: the Spence work, between this and Cleghorn's premises on George Street (see separate entry). Directories to be checked to see whether Cleghorn's Princes Street store was at no 129 - yes, it was. Checked February 2013.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cleghorn's From c.1937?

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Shop  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1128-129, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51852 Design exhibitedNew saloon
Item 2 of 5c. 1870  Shop
Item 3 of 51887  Reconstruction
Item 4 of 519311935 Plans for conversion to bank premises dated
Item 5 of 5c. 1937  Internal staircase - date uncertain


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 12Alexander MacGregorArchitect 1852 New saloon
Item 2 of 12Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectCc. 1870 Shop
Item 3 of 12John Dick PeddieArchitectCc. 1870 Shop
Item 4 of 12Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceCc. 1870 Shop
Item 5 of 12David MacGibbonArchitectB1887 Reconstruction
Item 6 of 12MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceB1887 Reconstruction
Item 7 of 12Thomas RossArchitectB1887 Reconstruction
Item 8 of 12John Fraser MatthewArchitectA19311935Plans for conversion to bank premises
Item 9 of 12Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practiceA19311935Plans for conversion to bank premises
Item 10 of 12(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectDc. 1937(?) Internal staircase - date uncertain
Item 11 of 12(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectDc. 1937 Redesign of interior for Cleghorn's department store
Item 12 of 12Weddell & InglisArchitectural practiceDc. 1937 Redesign of interior for Cleghorn's department store


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Cleghorn'sClient for redesign c.1937?
Item 2 of 3Gunn, JohnClient for 1887 reconstruction
Item 3 of 3McLaren, JohnBookseller (client for 1862 work)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Edwards, Brian1995Basil Spence 1907-1976  pp30 & 52 (Spence work - wrongly attributed to Cleghorn's George Street building)
Item 2 of 3McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic PressRear cover for Spence work
Item 3 of 3RSA1852   791

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild Plans dated 30 June 1887 and for top floor 25 August 1887
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register29516 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1870/35/1
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/318