Basic Site Details

Name: Linburn House and other buildings on site
Town, district or village: Wilkieston
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: Demolished
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Notes: In 1944, the Linburn House Estate, situated outside Edinburgh was purchased to provide further facilites for those Scots blinded in the Second World War. Here an expanded Training Centre with seven workshops was established to teach the men and women various craft skills. The original house was demolished in 1955.

See separate entry for housing for the blind built on the estate

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Scottish National Institution For War Blinded  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Country House  
Item 2 of 2Training centre From 1944

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31892 Design exhibitedAdditions
Item 2 of 31944c. 1952Alteration/conversionConversion to residental training centre for the blind
Item 3 of 31973 Alterations and additionsHostel extension and entrance lodge

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 11James JerdanArchitect 1891 Additions
Item 2 of 11John Fraser MatthewArchitect 1944 Conversion to residental training centre for the blind
Item 3 of 11Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practice 1944 Conversion to residental training centre for the blind
Item 4 of 11Carr & MatthewArchitectural practiceCAfter 1951Before 1955Further work
Item 5 of 11David CarrArchitectCAfter 1951Before 1955Further work
Item 6 of 11James Robertson LaidlawArchitectCAfter 1951Before 1955Further work - as apprentice with Carr & Matthew
Item 7 of 11Stuart Russell MatthewArchitectCAfter 1951Before 1955Further work - job taken over from his father
Item 8 of 11Ian C McPhersonArchitectA1973 Hostel extension and entrance lodge
Item 9 of 11Hamish Haldane Haswell-SmithArchitectD1973 Hostel extension and entrance lodge
Item 10 of 11Haswell-Smith & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1973 Hostel extension and entrance lodge
Item 11 of 11John Alexander Smith D1973 Hostel extension and entrance lodge

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Scottish National Institution for War BlindedFollwing purchase of the estate in 1944

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 1Linburn House Estate, Housing for the BlindIn 1944, further arrangements were required for those Scots blinded in the Second World War, and Linburn, situated outside Edinburgh, was purchased as an expanded Training Centre where seven workshops were established to teach the men and women various craft skills. Houses were built for the married men in the spacious grounds and a hostel, which incorporated a seven-bedded ward for those requiring medical attention, was established. (The hostel facility no longer operates)

Drawings in the Lorimer collection date from 1948 to 1952


References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RSA1892   491

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder5 March 1948  p293 - alterations

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Hamish Haswell-SmithInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent October 2011
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of James Robertson LaidlawInformation sent to Dictionary Sent April 2010
Item 3 of 3Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmoreID 200657