Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Castle
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Notes: See Parliament Hall, St Margaret's Chapel and Argyle Tower for details of 1886 competition for restoration

Battery on the north side still called 'Mills Mount' in comnnection with the work undertaken by Robert Mylne.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 7  RestorationDate not certain - work by Geoffrey Jarvis
Item 2 of 716621685Repair 
Item 3 of 71742 Plans drawn upDesigns for works
Item 4 of 71855 or 1856  Proposed restoration and additions by Moody and Dollman
Item 5 of 71858 Journal referenceAdditional work, including armoury entrance door
Item 6 of 7c. 1885  Limited competition held for restoration
Item 7 of 71887 Design exhibitedDesign for 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 10The Boys Jarvis Partnership G  Restoration? New buildings?
Item 2 of 10William Geoffrey JarvisArchitectG  Restoration work? New buildings?
Item 3 of 10Robert MylneMasonC1662 Repairs to fortifications
Item 4 of 10Robert MylneMasonD1677 Repairs to fortifications
Item 5 of 10Robert MylneMasonE1685 Repairs to fortifications
Item 6 of 10Dugal CampbellArchitectA1742 Designs for works
Item 7 of 10Francis Thomas DollmanArchitectA1855 or 1856 Proposed restoration and additions with Moody
Item 8 of 10Richard Clemens MoodyArchitect, EngineerA1855 or 1856 Proposed restoration and additions with Dollman
Item 9 of 10Richard Clemens MoodyArchitect, EngineerB1858 Additional work, including armoury entrance door
Item 10 of 10Walter Fitzgerald Knox LyonArchitect 1887 Design exhibited at RSA


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1per Panmure, Lord (later Earl of Dalhousie)Secretary of State for War

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 2Edinburgh Castle, officers' quarters at Mills MountThe War Office proposed a two storey building on the site of the old Mills Mount, to the east of the military hospital. The existing barracks on the site were to be demolished in order to provide officers’ mess room and accommodation for 17 officers and their servants. The proposals were to arouse a certain amount of controversy amongst local architects.

Final drawings were on placed on view to the public. The style was described as “Castellated Scottish Baronial” by the Builder.
Item 2 of 2Edinburgh Castle, Visitor Centre 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 5Grant, James1880Old & New Edinburgh  volume i, p75
Item 3 of 5Mylne, R S The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland  pp203-5, 233
Item 4 of 5RCAHMS Inventory of Edinburgh  8, figure 68
Item 5 of 5RSA1887   724 (Knox's proposed restoration)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder25 April 1858XVI Re: 1858 work
Item 2 of 3Builder1 May 1858XVI Re: 1858 work
Item 3 of 3RIAS Chartered Architect   Combined Annual Report and Chartered Architect 2008-09

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Dalhousie Muniments Report on proposed reconstruction
Item 2 of 4National Library of ScotlandManuscript CollectionZ2/4a, 6a, 28, 30a 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Portfolio of drawings
Item 4 of 4Public Record OfficeOffice of Works RecordsWORK 31/129-231