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Architecture Notes

Event ID 842843

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Architecture Notes



'Bathgate Academy: A large handsome structure at the E of Bathgate. It was begun in 1831 and opened in 1833. The style of architecture is Grecian and the building consists of a centre and two wings connected by a collonade. From the centre front rises a small tower, in which there is a clock, and surmounted by an open belfry. There is a broad flight of steps rising to the entrance terminating on a massive stone basement or platform forming a promenade for the teachers and commading a view of the whole playgorund. It was endowed by a native of the town, John Newlands who died in Jamaica in 1799. It is under the direction of trustees, the parish minister being the principal. There are four teachers in constant attendance and besides a good English education, Latin, Greek, French and German are taught, together with music, drawing etc. The Academy is free to all parishioners and non-parishioners are admitted by paying 5s to 7s 6d per quarter. The average attendance male and female is about 500 and the present rector is the Rev. A Inglis.'

Name Book (Linlithgowshire), 1856

Built 1831-3.

SDD List 1963.


Architect: R & R Dickson 1833

W. H. Playfair 1824 (design)

Drawings in Edinburgh University Library

Thomas Brown 1824 (design)


Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh additions

Bin 4, Bag 2 Peddie & Walkington Browne 1907



Edinburgh University Library. Playfair Collection 1824 - 7 sheets (p.10)

Edinburgh University Library: 7 working drawings June 1824 Playfair Coll.

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