Basic Site Details

Name: Advocates' Library
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Status: A listed
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Building Type Classification

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618291830Build/constructionOverall design (for stair see separate entry under Advocates' Library)
Item 2 of 613 June 1833  Detail drawings
Item 3 of 618821884 New reading room
Item 4 of 61892  Proposed new building linking to George IV Bridge - preliminary and three subsequent schemes, not carried out
Item 5 of 618961901 Bookstack building
Item 6 of 61952  Demolition of bookstack building

People

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 12William Henry PlayfairArchitectA18291830Overall design (for stair see separate entry under Advocates' Library)
Item 2 of 12William NotmanArchitectA1833 Detail drawings possibly by Notman, assisting Playfair
Item 3 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB1856 Remodelling and extension of Upper Corridor Library with canted bays at north side - Matheson as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 4 of 12Robert MathesonArchitectB1856 Remodelling and extension of Upper Corridor Library with canted bays at north side - as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 5 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC18821884New reading room - Robertson as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 6 of 12Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectC18821884New reading room - as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 7 of 12Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectD1892 Proposed new building linking to George IV Bridge - preliminary and three subsequent schemes, not carried out
Item 8 of 12John More Dick PeddieArchitectD1892 Proposed new building linking to George IV Bridge - preliminary and three subsequent schemes, not carried out
Item 9 of 12Kinnear & PeddieArchitectural practiceD1892 Proposed new building linking to George IV Bridge - preliminary and three subsequent schemes, not carried out
Item 10 of 12George Washington BrowneArchitectE18961901Bookstack building - Browne mainly responsible
Item 11 of 12John More Dick PeddieArchitectE18961901Bookstack building - Browne mainly responsible
Item 12 of 12Peddie & Washington BrowneArchitectural practiceE18961901Bookstack building - Browne mainly responsible

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Faculty of AdvocatesStaircase

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Brown, Iain Gordon1989Building for Books: The Architectural Evolution of the Advocates' Library, 1689-1925 Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press 
Item 2 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp121

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh University LibraryPlans1 and Portfolio 6 
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51179PARLIAMENT SQUARE, ADVOCATES' LIBRARY, INCLUDING WALL AND RAILINGS
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1880/73/1
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNotman Collection Drawings Roll 19 (1833 drawings)