Basic Site Details

Name: National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Only façade remains.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1142, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 67 February 1867  Premises purchased for £4600
Item 2 of 613 June 1873  McGibbon & Ross paid £16.5 for work on premises
Item 3 of 629 March 1888  Plans for major alterations approved by Bank - new façade grafted onto existing building
Item 4 of 610 October 1889  Accounts for alterations totalling £4350 to be paid (large alterations)
Item 5 of 61934  Reconstruction
Item 6 of 61976 Alteration/conversionNew bank encapsulating old building.


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 14David MacGibbonArchitectB1867 Inspected premises for purchase
Item 2 of 14David MacGibbonArchitectA1873 Unspecified work
Item 3 of 14MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceA1873(?)Unspecified work
Item 4 of 14Thomas RossArchitectA1873 Unspecified work
Item 5 of 14John McLachlanArchitect 18881889Major alterations - new façade grafted onto existing building
Item 6 of 14Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)Architect 1934 Reconstruction
Item 7 of 14(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 8 of 14Andrew MerryleesArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 9 of 14James BeveridgeArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 10 of 14John Hardie GloverArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 11 of 14John Marnoch LeggeArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 12 of 14Keith Charles DayArchitectF1976 New bank encapsulating old building - working for Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 13 of 14Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson F1976 New bank encapsulating old building.
Item 14 of 14John Andrew LesterArchitectF19771979Worked in Royal Bank building


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1National Bank of Scotland 


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 Ltdp313
Item 2 of 2RSA1934   604

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 11 July 1888
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register29523 
Item 3 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Leslie Grahame-Thomson: F no3402 (box 22)
Item 4 of 5Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesNational Bank Board Minutes 7 November 1872, 14 November 1872, 13 June 1873, 15 March 1888, 29 March 1888, 10 October 1889, 8 February 1894, 12 February 1894
Item 5 of 5Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): information on Keith Day's involvement