Basic Site Details

Name: Knox Academy
Town, district or village: Haddington
City or county: East Lothian
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The memorial stone of a new burgh school at Haddington, to be known as the John Knox Memorial Institute, was laid on Saturday. The style of the buildings, which form a parallelogram on plan, is Early English, a prominent feature being the central tower, 14 feet square, and 80 feet high. On the chief face of this tower is a canopied niche, in which a full length figure of Knox will be placed. Mr Starforth, of Edinburgh, is the architect, and Mr Thomas. Ormston, the builder. The total cost is 9,000. [Building News 6 September 1878 p236]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Knox Institute  

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 1Knox Institute, Knox PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618771880ConstructionOriginal building (by John Starforth)
Item 2 of 631 August 1878 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 631 January 1880 Opened 
Item 4 of 61909  Addition of new wing (by John Alexander Carfrae)
Item 5 of 61930 Build/constructionQuite separate new school built
Item 6 of 64 March 1960 Scheme acceptedtender of 40,487 for new primary department approved by the Scottish Education Dept. per Builder p486


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 5John Starforth  18771880Construction of original building.
Item 2 of 5John Alexander Carfrae  1909 Addition of new wing. Carfrae as School Board architect
Item 3 of 5(Professor) George Alexander Macnab (misspelt McNab) C1959 Extension to 1930s building
Item 4 of 5Alan Reiach & Partners C1959 Extension to 1930s building
Item 5 of 5James Stuart Renton C1959 Extension to 1930s building


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p238

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder4 March 1960  p486
Item 2 of 4Building News6 September 1878  p236 - foundation stone
Item 3 of 4Dundee Advertiser27 March 1893   
Item 4 of 4Glasgow Herald2 February 1880  Description of opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register34451