Basic Site Details

Name: Eskdalemuir Royal Magnetic Observatory
Town, district or village: Eskdalemuir
City or county: Dumfriesshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Eskdalemuir
Grid ref:
Notes: The first contract in connection with the erection of the new magnetic observatory by the Government at Eskdalemuir, Dumfries shire, has been let to Messrs. Henderson and Duncan, Morningside, Edinburgh. The work embraces the making of a road and some foundations, the provision of a water supply, and the building of a boundary wall, and it has to be pushed forward very expeditiously, the contract providing that it must be completed in three months. [Building News 5 August 1904 p180]

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119041908 Parts of the building dated 1908


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 5Charles Ernest JacksonArchitectA19041908As assistant to Oldrieve in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 2 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA19041908 
Item 3 of 5William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)ArchitectA19041908 
Item 4 of 5John Thomas GalletlyArchitectAAfter 19041908As senior draughtsman/assistant architect to William Thomas Oldrieve in H M Office of Works
Item 5 of 5David Webster RobertsonArchitectA1905 As assistant to W T Oldrieve in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh (gives 1905 as date in LRIBA papers but probably worked through same period as Oldrieve himself)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Historic Scotland Lists     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect1 July 1904  Page viii - contracts for enabling works
Item 2 of 4British Architect29 July 1904  Page ix - tenders for enabling works
Item 3 of 4Building News5 August 1904  p180
Item 4 of 4RSA   96th Annual Report

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register9735Rayleigh House and outbuildings
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register9775Main block
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register9776Schuster House
Item 4 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register9777The Vaults (relative underground vault)
Item 5 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register9778Walls etc
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Thomas Galletly: L v17 no1276; Charles Ernest Jackson: L v24 no1986; David Webster Robertson: L v25 no2074