Basic Site Details

Name: James Gillespie's School
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Original Robert Burn building castellated

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Gillespie's HospitalYes 
Item 2 of 2Gillespie's Hospital for the BlindYes 

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 718001801Build/construction 
Item 2 of 71883  Additions
Item 3 of 71891  New top floor
Item 4 of 71901  Original building
Item 5 of 71920  Entrance lodge alterations
Item 6 of 719241925 Workshops and alterations to store
Item 7 of 71975 Destruction/demolition 


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 8Robert BurnArchitect, MasonC18001801 
Item 2 of 8David MacGibbonArchitectA1883 Additions
Item 3 of 8MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceA1883 Additions
Item 4 of 8Thomas RossArchitectA1883 Additions
Item 5 of 8David MacGibbonArchitectB1891 New top floor
Item 6 of 8MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceB1891 New top floor
Item 7 of 8Thomas RossArchitectB1891 New top floor
Item 8 of 8(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 19241925May have provided plans for workshops but may be William Bain & Co Ltd (unclear on NMRS database). Also entrance lodge work may be by John Ingram


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Merchant CompanyClient for 1883 additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3British Architect1891   
Item 2 of 3Builder29 December 1883XLV  
Item 3 of 3Builder12 September 1891LXI p202

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Original signed drawings
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/209