Overview

History and development of Moray House School of Education's buildings, including descriptions of significant architectural features. All are located in the historical Cannongate/Holyrood area of Edinburgh and Old Moray House is the oldest building in the University of Edinburgh.

Old Moray House

History of Old Moray House

Old Moray House

The Canongate

The Canongate forms part of what is now called the 'Royal Mile' running from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace.

The Canongate

St John's Land

St John's Land was erected sometime between 1766-68 by John, the second Earl of Hopetoun.

St John's Land

St John Street

The origin of the use of the St John name in this neighbourhood is obscure but it has certainly been in use since 1540.

St John Street

The Old Kirk

This was the kirk of the Old (or Great) Kirk, a congregation which had originally worshipped in part of St Giles.

The Old Kirk

Paterson's Land

A major new facility built at the turn of the 20th century to accommodate rising numbers and improve training methods.

Paterson's Land

Thomson's Land

Thomson's Land began its history as the Demonstration School, providing primary and secondary education as well as opportunities for Moray House student teachers to practise.

Thomson's Land

The Nursery School

For many years Moray House ran a nursery for children in various parts of the city as well as at Holyrood itself.

The Nursery School

Dalhousie Land

In the late 1950s the increase in student numbers meant that there was a requirement for more teaching accommodation at Holyrood, resulting in another new development, named Dalhousie Land.

Dalhousie Land

Simon Laurie House

Simon Laurie House, which received its current name 2001, was originally built during a redevelopment of some of Moray House's Canongate properties in the 1960s.

Simon Laurie House

Charteris Land

In response to the shortage of teachers in Scotland in the late 1950s and early 1960s Moray House looked to the possibility of building additional teaching facilities close to existing estate, the result of which was Charteris Land.

Charteris Land

St Leonard's Land

As part of the development of new specialist teaching accommodation the Board of Governors agreed in 1967 to develop a Physical Education block.

St Leonard's Land


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