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Basic Site Details

Name: Drill Hall and HQ for the Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade, The Royal Scots
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: EDINBURGH. - Progress is being made with the erection of the new headquarters in Forrest-road, for the Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade (Royal Scots). In view of the building being much inclosed, and also with the object of keeping down expenses, no attempt has been made at an elaborately decorated exterior. The general design is a simple form of the Scottish Baronial style, and the walls are rubble covered with harl. The aspect to Lauriston has two crow-stepped gables, the larger of which contains the lecture hall and has circular corbelled turrets at the corners. The main entrance is situated under a projecting porch, and on the left leads immediately to the drill-hall and the orderly-room, and on the right to the main staircase. In communication with the orderly-room is the adjutant's room. That again leads to the commanding officers’ room, in direct communication with the present drill-hall. To the rear is a store for six machine guns, a store for camp supplies, and the armoury, which has accommodation for 3,000 rifles. To the right of the main entrance is the store for the baggage waggons, and part of the north wing will be devoted to storage. Officers' quarters are on the first floor, and a circular staircase leads up to the lecture-hall floor. On the same floor is a suite of four company meeting rooms, the largest 20 feet by 39 feet, and the smallest 15ft. by 18 feet. The medical officer's room is also on this flat, and the gymnasium, which will measure 46 feet long by 25 feet. broad, with an 18 feet roof. Adjoining will be a lavatory, with two shower-baths, and in the entresol a dressing room. On the second floor will be the sergeants' mess and a billiard-room, with a service-room connecting the two. The north-west block of this flat will be used a recreation place for the men, a room 26ft. by 25ft. On the third floor will be the lecture-hall. The architects are Messrs Cooper and Taylor, 20, Frederick-street, Edinburgh. [Building News 2 September 1904 p323]

NOTE - This is a different building from the one by Stewart & Menzies

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2School of Artificial Intelligence, Ed UnivYes 
Item 2 of 2Territorial Army CentreYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 15, Forrest HillYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219021904  
Item 2 of 21923  Alterations


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 4Cooper & TaylorArchitectural practiceA19021904 
Item 2 of 4John H CooperArchitectA19021904 
Item 3 of 4William Beattie TaylorArchitectA19021904 
Item 4 of 4James MorrisArchitect 1923 Alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade, The Royal Scots 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp733
Item 2 of 2RSA1903   414

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News2 September 1904  p323

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27773 


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