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Dollar Academy, Main Building

School (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dollar Academy, Main Building

Classification School (Period Unassigned), War Memorial (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Playfair Building

Canmore ID 167409

Site Number NS99NE 59

NGR NS 96122 98192

NGR Description Centred on NS 96122 98192

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Clackmannan
  • Parish Dollar
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Clackmannan
  • Former County Clackmannanshire

Architecture Notes

NS99NE 59.00 96122 98192 Dollar Academy

NS99NE 59.01 96088 98265 Science Block

NS99NE 59.02 95940 98280 Sports Pavilion

NS99NE 59.03 95894 98230 Cricket Pavilion

NS99NE 59.04 95983 98077 Swimming Pool and Dining Hall

NS99NE 59.05 96071 98056 South West Gates

NS99NE 59.06 95981 98129 West Gates

NS99NE 59.07 96195 98161 East Gates

NS99NE 59.08 96167 98093 South East Gates

NS99NE 59.09 96189 98308 Preparatory School

NS99NE 59.10 95974 98286 Girls Sports Pavilion

NS99NE 59.11 96197 98106 Junior School; Sixth Form Centre

Neo-classical, 2 storey, 17 bays. Central hexastyle portico.


Architect: W. H. Playfair 1818-21

Watson Salmond & Gray, Glasgow, restoration 1961

Builders: Thomas Beattie and James Ritchie (Edinburgh)

Planner: John Hay - chose site 1818


A collection of designs for Dollar Academy by William Henry Playfair 1818-1821 and designs for alterations 1887 and site plan for a house by Playford Reynolds.

Deposited by the Governors of Dollar Academy Trust, 1971


Scottish Record Office:

CS96/212 Excerpts from the Minute Book of the Trustees of Capt. McNab's legacy, 1818

CS96/212 Expense of building according to Minute Book, 1818-24 : The Academy £9,782.2

Houses £4,233.6.1

Lodges and gateways £199.6.7

Gardener's house £192.16.9

Greenhouse £233.10.8

Painting and various works £148.16.7

CS96/212 Alterations and additions to contract for building the Dollar Institution.

The dome of the library and ceiling of the gallery is to be panelled. Mr Paterson, Leith, is to execute the iron work of the railing for the gallery of the library and of the gate at the principal entrance. Minute Book of the Trustees of Captain McNab's legacy, 1823

CS96/212 Excerpts from the Minute Book of the Trustees of Captain McNab's legacy. They concern the choice and development of site, appointment of WH Playfair (1790-1857) as architect, plans for the Academy and for houses for teachers, estimates, contract with Beattie and Armstrong, Builders in Edinburgh, additional building and final cost (£17018.4.10), 1818-21


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