Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Hospital for Sick Children
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Mortuary Chapel A listed : Phoebe Traquair murals.

See separate entry for earlier site of children's hospital, at Meadowside House, from where the Phoebe Traquair mortuary chapel murals (painted 1885) were brought to this new building.

Dispensary opened on 8 December 1903. Built of yellow freestone at a cost of 6,000.

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 416, Hope Terrace Altered by Reginald Fairlie for hospital use - there is no Hope Terrace at hospital site today but this may have been a previous street name
Item 2 of 48, 9 and 13, Rillbank Terrace  
Item 3 of 4Sciennes RoadYes 
Item 4 of 4Sylvan Place Out-patients' department


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 718911895Construction 
Item 2 of 71893  Design for Meadowfield exhibited (site abandoned). Also design for Rillbank site exhibited.
Item 3 of 731 October 1895 Opened 
Item 4 of 75 November 1906  Memorial tablet to Mary Jane Meikleham (plans dated)
Item 5 of 7c. 1920c. 1923 Alterations
Item 6 of 719311938 Alterations and additions to 8, 9 and 13 Rillbank Terrace
Item 7 of 71960 AdditionAdditions to N.


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 12George Washington BrowneArchitectA18911895 
Item 2 of 12Edward Charles Henry MaidmanArchitectAc. 18941895As assistant to George Washington Browne
Item 3 of 12George Washington BrowneArchitectB1903 Out-patients' department in Sylvan Place
Item 4 of 12(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectC1906 Memorial tablet to Mary Jane Meikleham
Item 5 of 12Auldjo Jamieson & ArnottArchitectural practiceDc. 1920c. 1923Alterations
Item 6 of 12Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo JamiesonArchitectDc. 1920c. 1923Alterations
Item 7 of 12James Alexander ArnottArchitectDc. 1920c. 1923Alterations
Item 8 of 12Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitectE19311938Alterations and additions to 8, 9 and 13 Rillbank Terrace
Item 9 of 12Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceJ1960 Additions to N
Item 10 of 12George Harold Emmett HallArchitectJ1960 Additions to N.
Item 11 of 12Lockhart Whiteford HutsonArchitectJ1960 Additions to N.
Item 12 of 12Stuart ClinkArchitectJ1960 Additions to N.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 9Academy Architecture1893   p72
Item 2 of 9Cant, M1990Sciennes and the Grange  pp169-180
Item 3 of 9Carruthers, Annette2013The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: a history  pp42-46
Item 4 of 9Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp597
Item 5 of 9Guthrie, Douglas et al.1960The Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children   
Item 6 of 9Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp54
Item 7 of 9Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive) 
Item 8 of 9RSA1893   498 & 499
Item 9 of 9The Royal Hospital for Sick Children1970The Royal Hospital for Sick Children   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1934Jul-Dec p226
Item 2 of 4British Architect11 December 1903  p434 - opening of dispensary
Item 3 of 4Builder9 November 1895LXIX 5 November 1892 according to HS lists
Item 4 of 4Builder1 January 1898LXXIV  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30480 
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register52347Mortuary Chapel. A listed.
Item 3 of 7Lothian Health Board/Edinburgh Univ, Spec Collns Lothian Health Board Archives LHB5/1
Item 4 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/45
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index Reginald Fairlie work
Item 6 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1920/3/1-8
Item 7 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Washington Browne: F no2356 (box 5); Edward Charles Henry Maidman: L v19 no1445