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Basic Site Details

Name: Parliament House, Supreme Courts of Scotland
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Court of Session  
Item 2 of 2High Court of JusticiaryYes 

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Parliament SquareYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1216331640Build/constructionParliament Hall
Item 2 of 1216341639Build/constructionTimber roof of Parliament Hall
Item 3 of 121702 Build/constructionFitting up of library in the aLigh Hall
Item 4 of 1218041810Build/constructionNew law courts including facade to Parliament Square. Gaol being erected in 1808.
Item 5 of 121 September 1808 Foundation stoneReport of laying of foundation stone of gaol reported in 'Scots Magazine'
Item 6 of 1218181819Build/constructionCourt Rooms for Lords Ordinary at south end of Parliament Hall. (Now demolished)
Item 7 of 1218251840AdditionEastern extensions
Item 8 of 121848 Build/constructionAlterations below Lord Ordinary's Court, as architect to the Office of Works (completed in 1849, after Nixon's death)
Item 9 of 121857  Law Room
Item 10 of 1218681870 Part restoration and alterations
Item 11 of 121919  War memorial for Faculty of Advocates
Item 12 of 121991(?)February 1993Alterations and additions12 million programme of enlargement and rennovation, providing three new courtrooms, judges suites, jury and witness rooms, document storage space and car parking.

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 28James Murray (Sir)ArchitectG16331640Parliament Hall
Item 2 of 28John ScottWrightZ16341639Timber roof
Item 3 of 28(Sir) William Bruce ArchitectE1702 Fitting up of library for Faculty of Advocates in the Laigh Hall.
Item 4 of 28Robert ReidArchitectZ18041810New law courts including facade to square. Also gaol.
Item 5 of 28Archibald ElliotArchitectE18181819Court Rooms for Lords Ordinary at south end of Parliament Hall. (Now demolished)
Item 6 of 28Robert ReidArchitectB18251840Eastern extensions
Item 7 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceT1848 Alterations below Lord Ordinary's Court - with Nixon as architect in charge
Item 8 of 28William NixonArchitectT1848 Alterations below Lord Ordinary's Court, as architect to the Office of Works (completed in 1849, after Nixon's death)
Item 9 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceU1856 Executed alterations design by Playfair - with Matheson as Architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 10 of 28Robert MathesonArchitectU1856 Executed alterations design by Playfair - as Architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 11 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB1857 Law Room. Redesigning and completion of Brown's scheme, with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 12 of 28Robert MathesonArchitectB1857 Law Room. Redesigning and completion of Brown's scheme, with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works.

Executed alterations design by Playfair - as Architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 13 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC18681870Part restoration and alterations - with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 14 of 28Robert MathesonArchitectC18681870Part restoration and alterations - with Matheson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 15 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceV1885 Conversion of telling room into court no iv - with W W Robertson as Architect for Scotland
Item 16 of 28Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectV1885 Conversion of telling room into court no iv
Item 17 of 28Charles Ernest JacksonArchitectW19081909As assistant to Oldrieve in H M Office of Works - alterations and extensions, including reconstruction of lobby and oak library adjoining court IX
Item 18 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceW19081909Alterations and extensions, including reconstruction of lobby and oak library adjoining court IX
Item 19 of 28James Cumming WynnesArchitectW19081909As assistant to Oldrieve in H M Office of Works - alterations and extensions, including reconstruction of lobby and oak library adjoining court IX
Item 20 of 28William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)ArchitectW19081909Alterations and extensions, including reconstruction of lobby and oak library adjoining court IX - as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 21 of 28[James] Fenton ('Tony') WynessArchitectW19081909As assistant to Oldrieve in H M Office of Works - alterations and extensions, including reconstruction of lobby and oak library adjoining court IX
Item 22 of 28(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectA1919 War memorial for Faculty of Advocates
Item 23 of 28H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceX19271928Unspecified maintenance work.
Item 24 of 28Hugh SmithArchitectX19271928Unspecified maintenance work - as assistant in H M Office of Works
Item 25 of 28Allan PendreighArchitectD19911993As project architect with the PSA for additions and alterations
Item 26 of 28Micheal NormandArchitectD1991February 1993Principal Architect for the additions and alterations, working for PSA Edinburgh.
Item 27 of 28PSA Projects EdinburghArchitectural practice, Quantity SurveyorD1991(?)February 1993Architects and Project Managers for the enlargement and rennovation.
Item 28 of 28MJ Gleeson GroupContractorS1991(?) *February 1993Main Contractor for the alterations and additions in the early 1990s.

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Town Council of EdinburghClient for original building

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Brown, Iain Gordon1989Building for Books: The Architectural Evolution of the Advocates' Library, 1689-1925 Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Pressp31
Item 2 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp121, 123, 124-5
Item 4 of 4Imrie, J and Dunbar, J (eds.)1982Accounts of the Masters of Worksii lxii

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder26 October 1907XCIII  
Item 2 of 5Building ChronicleJune 1857vol 2 p212
Item 3 of 5Scots Magazine1 September 1808  Foundation stone of gaol.
Item 4 of 5Scotsman4 March 1993   
Item 5 of 5The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club1924xiii 'The Building of Parliament House', by R K Hanney, pp103-109

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27699 
Item 2 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House PlansRHP 6525/13-15 
Item 3 of 6National Archives of Scotland (NAS)Records Prefixed 'E'E 343/1-5pp7-94. Minutes of the Trustees of Public Buildings
Item 4 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/133
Item 5 of 6PRO (Public Records Office)Ordnance Files MPD 103 
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Charles Ernest Jackson: L v24 no1986; Hugh Smith: F no4623 (combined box 25); James Cumming Wynnes: L v9 no516 (microfilm reel 32)

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