Basic Site Details

Name: Royal Observatory
Town, district or village: Blackford Hill
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: 1967 addition cost 79,000. See details of listings below.

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Blackford HillYes 
Item 2 of 2Observatory RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31892   
Item 2 of 31967 AdditionExtension work on Observatory begun
Item 3 of 319721981RestorationRestoration and 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 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA1892 With Robertson as architect for Scotland
Item 2 of 8Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectA1892 As architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 3 of 8John Malcolm McIntosh (Mackintosh)ArchitectE1967 Extension
Item 4 of 8Scott & McIntoshArchitectural practiceE1967 Extension
Item 5 of 8Walter Scott E1967 Extension
Item 6 of 8John Malcolm McIntosh (Mackintosh)ArchitectB19721981Restoration and additions.
Item 7 of 8Robert Yule FergusArchitectB19721981Restoration and additions.
Item 8 of 8Scott & McIntoshArchitectural practiceB19721981Restoration and additions.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2MPBWClient for 1967 work
Item 2 of 2Science and Engineering Research CouncilClient for 1972-81 work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p105
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp486
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44249Astronomer's house - category B
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44250Gate lodge, gates etc - category B
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27740Observatory - category A
Item 4 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register52372Villas building - category C
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Walter Wood Robertson: F v18 p9 no1179 (microfilm reel 12); John Malcolm McIntosh: F no 6382 (Combined Box 135)