Basic Site Details

Name: Morningside Hydropathic Hotel
Town, district or village: Morningside
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: Cost stated in Builder when building was proposed: 80,000, including site. [This needs to be checked in source as The Edinburgh Evening News and other sources state that the contracts for the building were let as 18,000. Insufficient funds were raised from shares sold by the company formed for the establishment of the hydropathic and it seems to have been wound up].

Stood in 13 acres of the Plewlands feus. Converted to Morningside College in 1882 at a cost of 3,500, opened 5 October 1883. Proved too large for the purpose and demolished after the College moved to Rockville on Napier Road in 1889. Nos 28-38 Morningside Grove now occupy the site.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Morningside Academy for Boys  
Item 2 of 4Morningside College for Boys From 1882; college moved to Napier Road in 1889
Item 3 of 4Plewlands House Briefly
Item 4 of 4Temporary Royal Hospital for Children  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 3Hydropathic  
Item 2 of 3Hotel  
Item 3 of 3School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Morningside Grove  
Item 2 of 2Plewlands FeusYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418791880  
Item 2 of 418821883 Converted to Morningside College
Item 3 of 41886 Plans datedFeuing plan
Item 4 of 4c. 1895  Demolished


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 3George Beattie & Son A18791880 
Item 2 of 3William Hamilton Beattie A18791880 
Item 3 of 3Thomas Greenshields Leadbetter  1886 Feuing plan


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Smith, C J Historic South Edinburgh  pp101-2, 279-80 and 502-3

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder11 January 1879XXXVII  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Archives of ScotlandRecords of the Edinburgh Hydropathic Company Information courtesy of John Scott, sent September 2013.
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSCowie and Seaton Collection CSE 1880/1/1
Item 3 of 3Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore141506