Edinburgh, Craighouse Road, Old Craig House

Hospital, House, University

Site Name Edinburgh, Craighouse Road, Old Craig House

Classification Hospital, House, University

Alternative Name(s) Napier University; Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Canmore ID 52587

Site Number NT27SW 12

NGR NT 23459 70660

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes

NT27SW 12 23459 70660

NT27SW 195 73353 70686 New Craig House

NT27SW 697 23434 70500 South Craig House

NT27SW 1006 23429 70558 Bevan House

NT27SW 1007 23431 70626 East Craig House

NT27SW 1008 23249 70658 Queen's Craig House

NT27SW 1009 23621 70611 East Lodge

(NT 2346 7066) Old Craig House (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1973)

Craig House (RCAHMS 1929; MacGibbon and Ross 1887-92) is now (ie. 1973). Called Old Craig House to distinguish it from the modern hospital, Craig House, adjacent. It consists of a 17th century 3-storeyed oblong block, with stair tower, to which an oblong wing was added in the mid-18th century. The lintel above the entrance, which is dated 1565, is apparently in situ, but is rather earlier than the detail of the building.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1929, visited 1920; A N Robertson 1945.

No change to previous information.

Visited by OS (B S) 3 December 1975.

Original house built 1525, North wing circa 1711.

ARCHITECT: Sydney Mitchell and Wilson -alterations circa 1890.

OWNERS: Formerly Royal Edinburgh Hospital, before becoming part of Napier University complex in 1993/4.

Site Management (6 June 2012)

Original house dated LCSP 1565, 3-storey and attic rubble-built, 72' x 25' 8" with square tower near W end of N front; main gables have 18th century club skew, tower has original crowsteps. Ground floor vaulted. NW wing dated 1746 added to re-entrant angle of tower (forming L-plan) 3-storey 4-window to E, 2 crowstepped chimney gables and large S crowstepped gable to W. Harled with margins. Minor alterations at early 19th century restoration, more extensive alterations late in century (Sydney Mitchell) for hospital purposes; some further alterations since. Poor modern wooden verandah encloses original doorways. Original gatepiers built into garden wall.

Built by the Symsounes of Craighouse; belonged to the Dicks from at least 1685. In the 19th century it was the residence of John Hill Burton, historian (Historic Scotland)

The estate of Craig House was purchased by the Board of Managers of the Edinburgh Lunatic Asylum, under the influence of the then Physican Superintendent, Dr Thomas Clouston in 1878. The new Craig House Hospital was created within the estate for paying patients, with the buildings designed to give the appearance of a hydropathic hotel rather than a hospital. Old Craig House itself was adapted for hospital use. The site was renamed the Thomas Clouston Clinic in 1972.(Lothian Health Services Archive/ Historic Scotland)

Purchased from Lothian Health Services around 1994 by Napier University for use as it's new campus.



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