Basic Site Details

Name: James Gillespie's High School for Girls
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: New building, cost 530,000.
Two phases of construction:
Phase 1 included assembly hall block (foyer, reception, assembly hall, gym, swimming pool, staff rooms), library block (1 storey with central court), classroom block (3 storeys, 21 classrooms), art & commercial block (1 storey with clerestory), technical block (3 storeys), dining room and kitchen block (2 storeys), boiler house (1 storey);
Phase 2 included clock tower and janitor's house.

See separate entry for Bruntsfield House, a pre-existing building that is part of the school.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2   
Item 2 of 2James Gillespie's High School  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51960  Selection of architects
Item 2 of 519621966Build/construction 
Item 3 of 5September 1963 Build/constructionPlanning permission, construction about to start.
Item 4 of 5September 1963 Build/constructionPlanning permission, construction about to start.
Item 5 of 519871988Alterations and additionsExtension including sports hall and arts block; internal alterations to arts block and technical block


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 8(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectA19601966 
Item 2 of 8Ian Charles GordonArchitectA19601966 
Item 3 of 8Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & PaulArchitectural practiceA19601966 
Item 4 of 8Thomas Hynd DuncanArchitectA19601966Assisted Ian Charles Gordon
Item 5 of 8William Gray LeslieArchitectA19601966 
Item 6 of 8Ian Mitchell DunsireArchitectABefore 19631966 
Item 7 of 8Lothian Region Department of Architectural ServicesArchitectural Department (New Towns etc)B19871988Additions
Item 8 of 8R G Furness B19871988Additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Corporation 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp496
Item 2 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p552
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder6 September 1963  p494

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 14/6/40; 25/11/49; 23/11/56; 17/7/63; 24/3/64; 19/8/66; 13/9/68; warrants 10/7/1987, 11/1/88; City Archive Files, James Gillespie's High School, contracts, Feb 1960-April 1975, bundle 68, shelf 97A
Item 2 of 2Historic ScotlandClive Fenton, Research report for James Gillespie's High School for Girls, 2010