Engraving from Modern Athens - published 1829

Calton Jail


Looking from Calton Hill towards

Calton Jail and Arthur's Seat

with the Old Town of Edinburgh in the background

Engraving from 'Modern Athens'  -  hand-coloured  -  Calton Jail

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Smith


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Drawn by Thomas H Shepherd

Engraved by W Tombleson


Calton Jail


Here is a view looking down from Calton Hill towards the Calton Jail.  The jail is situated immediately to the left of the Bridewell. 

The Governor's House can be seen behind the jail. 

On the skyline, there can be seen the silhouettes of the Tron Kirk and St Giles church, both situated in the Royal Mile in the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Construction of the Jail

The foundation stone for the jail was laid in 1815.

The book, Modern Athens, in which this engraving appeared gave a description of the jail:

"The building is surrounded by a massive wall, about twenty feet high;  and is entered by an embattled gate, or lodge, which affords accommodation for the turnkeys;  and has on the top a platform for the execution of criminals."

Demolition of the Jail

Following the construction of Saughton Prison in the western suburbs of Edinburgh in 1929, Calton Jail was demolished in 1930.

This made way for the construction of St Andrew's House on the site, 1936-39.  St Andrew's House consisted of government buildings to house the Scottish Office.

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