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Old College, University of Edinburgh

The east facade of the Old College as it currently stands.

Old College is a building of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located on South Bridge, and presently houses parts of the University's administration, the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and the Talbot Rice Gallery. Originally called the "New College", it was designed by Robert Adam to replace a number of older buildings.


The east facade of the University of Edinburgh facing onto South Bridge / Nicholson Street, as built in 1827. A dome similar to Adam's original design was added in 1887.
Engraving of the design of the East Front of Old College, 1791
The remodelled central courtyard, Old College, Edinburgh (2013)
Figure of Youth on the dome of Old College Edinburgh by John Hutchison

In 1789 subscriptions were raised to fund a new university building in Edinburgh to a plan prepared by Robert Cox. The gilded statue of Youth which crowns the dome is by John Hutchison.[1]

The large bronze war memorial at the west end of the quadrangle is by Pilkington Jackson (1923).

The quadrangle was never completed at the time the College was originally constructed. However, based on a proposal from architects Simpson & Brown the quadrangle now contains a central grass lawn encircled by a paved terrace of honey-coloured stone. The new quadrangle is both a venue for graduation celebrations and festival events, as well as providing a more inviting entrance for the Talbot Rice Gallery.[2]


  1. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford McWilliam and Walker
  2. ^ "Old College Quad Resurfacing". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 

External links

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Law School
  • Talbot Rice Gallery
  • "Old College, Robert Adam, Photos, Old College Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Building". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  • "Site Record for Edinburgh, South Bridge, University Of Edinburgh, Old College Old Quadrangle; Law Faculty; Faculty Of Law; Department Of Criminology; Edinburgh University; Playfair Library Hall Details". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  • "Tour of Old College, Edinburgh Law School". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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