Basic Site Details

Name: George Heriot's Hospital
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Information from NMRS. Gatehouse etc are B Listed. War memorial had sculpture by Phyllis Bone and Alex Cormick

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1George Heriot's SchoolYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lauriston PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1516281640sBuild/construction 
Item 2 of 151659 Build/constructionSome work on Hospital still being undertaken.
Item 3 of 151693 Build/constructionCompletion of steeple. Also stone cupola built.
Item 4 of 151762 Build/constructionGateway and porter's lodge on north side. Now demolished.
Item 5 of 1518281829AdditionGatehouse and terraces
Item 6 of 151833  Refacement of south, east and west elevations with Craigleith ashlar
Item 7 of 151837 Alterations and additionsInterior of chapel refitted
Item 8 of 151888  Details and elevations, section of board room (survey?)
Item 9 of 151908  Alterations and additions for day pupils
Item 10 of 151911  Chemistry block
Item 11 of 15c. 1922  War memorial
Item 12 of 151949  Additions and repairs to war memorial
Item 13 of 15June 1963 AdditionExtension announced by the Lord Provost.
Item 14 of 151970s AdditionRefectory and kitchen
Item 15 of 151982 Restoration 


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 27Auldjo Jamieson & ArnottArchitectural practiceA  Restoration of NW stair tower - date unknown
Item 2 of 27James Alexander ArnottArchitectA  Restoration of NW stair tower - date unknown
Item 3 of 27William Wallace A16281631Responsible for design
Item 4 of 27William AytounMasonF16311640s 
Item 5 of 27John Mylne juniorArchitectM1648 Was instructed to take down the upper part of the south west tower abd rebuild it uniform with the others.
Item 6 of 27John Mylne juniorArchitectN1659 Was still working at Heriot's Hospital
Item 7 of 27Robert MylneMasonO1693 Contracted to complete steeple in accordance with drawing he had submitted. Also built stone cupola.
Item 8 of 27John FergusArchitect, SurveyorZ1759 Drew up and published with Robert Robinson a plan of the lands north of the castle belonging to Heriot's Hospital.
Item 9 of 27John AdamArchitectF1762 Gateway and porter's lodge on the north side. Now demolished.
Item 10 of 27William Henry PlayfairArchitectC18281829Gatehouse and terraces
Item 11 of 27William NotmanArchitectCc. 1828c. 1829Undated survey plans possibly by Notman for Playfair
Item 12 of 27Alexander BlackArchitect 1833 Refacement of south, east and west elevations in Craigleith ashlar (they were originally harled rubble)
Item 13 of 27James Gillespie GrahamArchitectE1837 Interior of chapel refitted. Provided drawings gratuitously.
Item 14 of 27John ChesserArchitect After 1870Before 1889 
Item 15 of 27(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1888 Details and elevations, sections of board room (survey?)
Item 16 of 27John AndersonArchitect 1908 Alterations and additions for day pupils
Item 17 of 27John AndersonArchitectB1911 Interior alterations to main block
Item 18 of 27James Bow DunnArchitect c. 1922 War memorial
Item 19 of 27George ReidArchitectD1949 Additions and repairs to war memorial
Item 20 of 27James Smith ForbesArchitectD1949 Additions and repairs to war memorial
Item 21 of 27Reid & ForbesArchitectural practiceD1949 Additions and repairs to war memorial
Item 22 of 27George Sinclair Gibson SteedmanArchitectLBefore 1975 Refectory and kitchen
Item 23 of 27J D Cairns & FordArchitectural practiceLBefore 1975 Refectory and kitchen
Item 24 of 27John JacksonArchitectLBefore 1975 Refectory and kitchen
Item 25 of 27Gordon & DeyArchitectural practiceE1982 Restoration
Item 26 of 27Roy Gerard WalmesleyArchitectE1982 Restoration. Job architect
Item 27 of 27William Gordon DeyArchitectE1982 Restoration. Partner in charge.

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 3George Heriot's School, Chemistry Block 
Item 2 of 3George Heriot's School, Examination HallTo cost 8,000-9,000
Item 3 of 3George Heriot's School, Preparatory Department and technical classrooms 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 12Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p39
Item 2 of 12APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 3 of 12Braidwood, Niall C1988Dunn and Findlay and The Scotsman Building RIBA Dissertation 1988p179
Item 4 of 12Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 5 of 12Dunbar, John G1966Historic Architecture of Scotland  pp54-5
Item 6 of 12Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp179-82
Item 7 of 12Mylne, R S The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland  pp144, 232
Item 8 of 12Pryde, D1932George Heriot's school   
Item 9 of 12RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 10 of 12RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   
Item 11 of 12RSA1922   544 War memorial
Item 12 of 12RSA1924   533

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Builder10 June 1882  p716
Item 2 of 7BuilderEarly 1924CXXVI pp975, 980-981
Item 3 of 7Builder14 June 1963  p1224
Item 4 of 7Caledonian Mercury9 April 1836   
Item 5 of 7Country Life6 March 1975  Article by Alistair Rown 'George Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh'.
Item 6 of 7Country Life13 March 1975  Fig 8
Item 7 of 7Perthshire Advertiser14 April 1836   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 8 Heriot Trust PapersGD 421/1/7 
Item 2 of 8Edinburgh University LibraryPlans26 
Item 3 of 8Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27980Lauriston Place, George Heriot's School, Main Building
Item 4 of 8Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47885Gatehouse, terraces, war memorial etc
Item 5 of 8National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Copies of drawings in Heriot Trust Papers
Item 6 of 8National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Library C75562-3 Photos of drawings by Lorimer
Item 7 of 8National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNotman Collection Drawings Roll 4d, 42a, 44 (lodge)
Item 8 of 8RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Reid: F no5107 (Combined Box 56)