Basic Site Details

Name: George Watson's College
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Former Merchant Maiden Hospital.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Merchant Maiden Hospital When first built

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2College  
Item 2 of 2Hospital  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Archibald PlaceYes 
Item 2 of 2Lauriston LaneYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518101812Plans drawn upNot executed
Item 2 of 518161819Build/construction 
Item 3 of 51873  Hall
Item 4 of 51882  Additions at both ends
Item 5 of 51892  Further additions


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 13Thomas Purves MarwickArchitect   Drawings (after MacGibbon and Ross?)
Item 2 of 13Robert ReidArchitectD18101812Design of hospital
Item 3 of 13William BurnArchitect 18161819Original building
Item 4 of 13Richard CrichtonArchitectF1816 Unexecuted design
Item 5 of 13David MacGibbonArchitectA1873 Hall
Item 6 of 13MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceA1873 Hall
Item 7 of 13Thomas RossArchitectA1873 Hall
Item 8 of 13David MacGibbonArchitectB1882 Additions at both ends
Item 9 of 13MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceB1882 Additions at both ends
Item 10 of 13Thomas RossArchitectB1882 Additions at both ends
Item 11 of 13David MacGibbonArchitectC1892 Further additions
Item 12 of 13MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceC1892 Further additions
Item 13 of 13Thomas RossArchitectC1892 Further additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 2Shepherd, Thomas Modern Athens  p61

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder7 October 1882XLIII p455
Item 2 of 4Builder27 August 1892LXIII p172
Item 3 of 4Caledonian Mercury23 March 1811  Robert Reid plans
Item 4 of 4The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club xxix pp21-22, 24

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild Plans dated 31 August 1872
Item 2 of 3Edinburgh Public LibraryPlans collection Sketch design by Ross
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection EDD/153/23-26