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Edinburgh

Ladies' College

78 Queen Street, Edinburgh

Postcard

1.

Edinburgh Ladies' College
Front Elevation by Hippolyte J Blanc

Edinburgh Ladies' College, Front Elevation  -  Postcard by an unidentified publisher

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Mekie, Portobello, Edinburgh

Postcard

2.

Edinburgh Ladies' College
& Royal Scottish Nursing Institute

Edinburgh Ladies' College & Royal Scottish Nursing Institute, 78 Queen Street  -  Postcard by WR&S Ltd

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Mekie, Portobello, Edinburgh

 

Postcard

3.

Edinburgh Ladies' College
Gymnasium

Edinburgh Ladies' College, Gymnasium  - Postcard by PA Buchanan

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Mekie, Portobello, Edinburgh

Postcard

4.

Edinburgh Ladies' College
Piano and Dancing

Edinburgh Ladies' College, Piano and Dancing  - Postcard by PA Buchanan

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Mekie, Portobello, Edinburgh

 

Enlarge these 4 photos

Edinburgh Ladies' College, Front Elevation  -  Postcard by an unidentified publisher ©

 

Edinburgh Ladies' College

4 Postcards

Postcard

1.

Postcard 1 is by an unidentified publisher.  It appears to have been reproduced on behalf of the Edinburgh stationers, George Waterston & Sons.

Hippolyte J Blanc who designed this building for the Edinburgh Ladies' College was a prominent member of Edinburgh Photographic Society.  He gave several lectures to the society on photography, art and architecture between 1886 and 1900.

He was President from 1888 until 1892, and  Honorary President from 1896 until his death in 1917.  He was an architect, a pupil of the architect and Photographic Society of Scotland member, David Rhind.

Hippolyte J Blanc is the figure on the right, standing beside the bell in this photo, taken at St Cuthbert's Church near the West End of Princes Street in 1902.

Raising of St Cuthbert's Parish Church Bell  -  1902

Raising of the Church Bell at St Cuthbert's Church  -  1902

©  Reproduced by courtesy of the Yerbury Family.   Click here for link to web site.

Postcard

2.

Postcard 2 is one of many street scenes of Edinburgh produced by the Edinburgh postcard publishers, WR&S in the early 1900s. 

'This card shows the exterior of the Edinburgh Ladies College, as it was built in 1913 with its neo-Palladian frontage.  However, less than  half of the original design by Hippolyte J Blanc was actually built.

Postcards

3 & 4.

Postcards 3 and 4 are both by the publisher, PA Buchanan & Co, Croydon, Surrey.  The company appears to have specialised in taking interior views of schools, possibly throughout Britain.

I already have several interior views by PA Buchanan & Co of:

-  Royal High School, Edinburgh

-  St Hilda's School, Edinburgh

including these two:

Royal High School, Edinburgh  -  Art Room

Postcard by PA Buchanan & Co  -  St Hilda's School, Liberton  -  Dining Room, Junior House

©  For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

St Hilda's School, Dining Room, Junior House

Postcard by PA Buchanan & Co  -  St Hilda's School, Liberton  -  Dining Room, Junior House

©  For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Edinburgh Ladies' College

Queen Street

The details below are taken from volumes of Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory.  (I've checked the directories back to 1900, thirteen years before the building designed by Hippolyte J Blanc was built.

They show that Edinburgh Ladies' College occupied this site throughout from 1900 (and no doubt earlier) up to 1945 when it became Mary Erskine School for Girls

Mary Erskine left the site around 1968, and new offices were constructed for Wood Mackenzie, Fund Managers, and others.

Year Address Occupants

1900-13

69 Queen Street

Royal Scottish Nursing Institution

70, 72-73 Queen Street

Edinburgh Ladies' College

1914-15

69 Queen Street

[not listed]

70, 72-73 Queen Street

Edinburgh Ladies' College

1916-44

68-70, 72-73 Queen Street

Edinburgh Ladies' College

1945-66

68-70, 72-73 Queen Street

Mary Erskine School for Girls.

1967

68-73 Queen Street

[not listed]

1968

68-73 Queen Street

Wood Mackenzie

1970-75

68-73 Queen Street

Wood Mackenzie + BUPA + others

 

Mary Erskine School

Recollections

1.

Pamela Thompson (née Jones)

Buderim, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Pamela Thompson for posting a message in the EdinPhoto Guestbook.  After adding a brief comment about living in one of the Prefab houses at Milton Drive, Edinburgh, Pamela referred to her school:

Pamela wrote:

Mary Erskine School

"I also enjoyed the early photos of the Edinburgh Ladies College that were recently added to the EdinPhoto web site.

School at Queen Street

 Edinburgh Ladies' College & Royal Scottish Nursing Institute, 78 Queen Street  -  Postcard by WR&S Ltd ©

Piano and Dancing

Edinburgh Ladies' College, Piano and Dancing  - Postcard by PA Buchanan©

I went there in the 1950s when it was the Mary Erskine School for Girls."

Pamela Thompson (née Jones), Buderim, Queensland, Australia:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  March 10, 2013

 

 

Mary Erskine School

Recollections

2.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you Danny Callaghan who wrote:

Mary Erskine School

School at Queen Street

 Edinburgh Ladies' College & Royal Scottish Nursing Institute, 78 Queen Street  -  Postcard by WR&S Ltd ©

"When the original buildings used by Mary Erskine School were replaced by the modern office block it was named Erskine House, so keeping the connection with Mary Erskine school.

At that time I was involved in the installation of office furniture for Wood MacKenzie and also the Bank of Scotland branch on the ground floor.

In later years, I also supplied the furniture for Registers of Scotland when they opened up the public search office."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  March 11, 2013

 

Queen Street

Around Edinburgh

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks