Basic Site Details

Name: Central School
Town, district or village: Fraserburgh
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cannot verify which school if any was burnt down, though Builder obituary claims this was the case. The A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960) gives 1890 as the date for building a new school in Fraserburgh but this is probably an error for this building (1882) as no other school in Fraserburgh was constructed at that date.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews SchoolYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518801882Build/construction 
Item 2 of 51881 Build/constructionHeadmaster's House
Item 3 of 512 September 1882 Opened 
Item 4 of 5Before 1914  Burnt down and rebuilt
Item 5 of 51927  Reconstruction


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 8Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectA18801882 
Item 2 of 8James MatthewsArchitectA18801882 
Item 3 of 8Matthews & MackenzieArchitectural practiceA18801882 
Item 4 of 8Arthur ClyneArchitectH1881 Headmaster's House - perhaps by Pirie & Clyne
Item 5 of 8Bridgeford MacDougall PirieArchitectH1881 Headmaster's House - perhaps by Pirie & Clyne
Item 6 of 8Pirie & ClyneArchitectural practiceH1881 Headmaster's House - perhaps by Pirie & Clyne
Item 7 of 8Arthur ClyneArchitect Before 1914 Burnt down and rebuilt - this may refer to a different school in Fraserburgh
Item 8 of 8George Morrison HayArchitect 1927 Reconstruction


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Aberdeenshire Education AuthorityFor 1927 reconstruction


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Cranna Fraserburgh past and present  P231
Item 2 of 3McKean, Charles1990Banff and Buchan: an illustrated guide  p134
Item 3 of 3Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp59, 203

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder11 January 1924CXXVI p72 (Records that school burnt and rebuilt)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31906 
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Morrison Hay: F no2540 (box 8)
Item 3 of 3Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)