James Morton-Robertson who wrote:
Change of School
"Going to the Royal High was quite
different from the nine months that I had spent previously at
Preston Street School.
preparatory school was at Jock's Lodge. It was a bright,
clean, modern building with very good teachers. I settled in
immediately and had the right level of challenge."
Sevenoaks, Kent, England: October 4, 2009
Thank you to David Scott who wrote:
"Here are some of the words that
we used at the Royal High School at Regent Road, Edinburgh.
gyte: a first year pupil.
This was used even in official school announcements at the Royal
High School. This ancient word was not used after the
school's move to Barnton in 1968
the tarmac area between the back of
old Royal High and the Calton Hill retaining wall.
the area around the front of the school that was generally
forbidden to pupils.
a mini-football game played by any
number, in a knock-out competition, until one only remained.
A wall space was nominated and the
ball had to be kicked to hit that space. If you missed you
were eliminated. The ball had to be played from where it
This game was played
in Royal High School at Regent Road,
where there were many suitable walls.
It was played until the school made
the move to Barnton, in
1968, where wall space was less and open space were more
"This was used after the Royal
High School had moved from Regent Road to Barnton in 1968:
open space in the new
school grounds at Barnton."
David Scott, Doha, Qatar: October
Thank you to John Stevenson for telling me
about the time that he spent at The Royal High School, Edinburgh.
Royal High School Fees
"I started at Royal High School
Edinburgh in 1940, having been a pupil at McLean High School
In 1940, Royal High School fees were
£2 per term (£6 per year).
By 1948, they had risen to £5 per term (£15 per year).
that time, the basic wage for a journeyman - a worker who had
completed his apprenticeship - at
Henry Robb's shipyard where I started work after leaving Royal
High School was £6 per week."
John D Stevenson, Trinity,
Edinburgh: November 20, 2012
Thank you to Brian Weld who wrote:
"I've just seen your web site
with photographs of the Art Room in the Royal High School,
Reproduced with acknowledgement to the
Royal High School Club, London
permission to reproduce, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"I can confirm that the photograph
does indeed show the former Art Room situated on the top floor
of the East extension next to the two adjoining chemistry labs
which also had skylights."
"This extension along with the nearby
Refractory (also known as ‘The Grubby’) was in existence in 1911.
The dining area was open plan for
both staff and pupils, the staff being grouped together but
similarly seated on long tables, about six a side. The cost
of meals was not included in the school fees."
Brian Weld: 18 October 2016