The Royal High School

Early History

The Royal High School has a long history, dating back to 1128, when it was founded as a school for the Abbots of Holyrood.


The Royal High School's former pupils include:

-  Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone

-  Sir Walter Scott, novelist

-  James Naysmith, inventor of steam engines

-  Ronnie Corbett, comedian                             [Edinburgh in old picture postcards]

Regent Road Building

The Royal High School has been housed in several buildings, the most prominent being the Doric style building in Regent Road beneath Calton Hill ...

Engraving of the Royal High School  -  Published in Germany

... built in 1825, and home of the school until the 1960s, when it moved to East Barnton Avenue in the western suburbs of Edinburgh.

What Next?

Twice, after the school left Regent Road, the premises  were considered as a possible home for a new Scottish Parliament.  We now have a new Scottish Parliament, but it has chosen a home about half a mile to the north at Holyrood.  

The old Royal High School building in Regent Road is now being considered as a possible future home for a  Scottish National Photography Centre 

This would be a very appropriate location, being beside Rock House, the studio used by Hill & Adamson in 1843-47.


Please click here to see small photos of ...   The Royal High School



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