Engraving from Old & New Edinburgh - published 1890


Heriot's Hospital  -  from the south-west

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Heriot's Hospital

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Heriot's Hospital  -  from the south-west

Here is a view of George Heriot's Hospital (now Heriot's School) from south-west

There are many paintings, engravings and photographs of Heriot's school.  One of its earliest photographers was William Henry Fox Talbot, on a visit to Edinburgh in the early 1840s. 

George Heriot, goldsmith to James VI, left funds in 1623 for the endowment of a Hospital for "maintenance, relief and bringing up" of poor fatherless boys , freemen's sons of  the town.

George Heriot died in 1624.  The building was finally completed in 1660 at a cost of 27,000.

[Modern Athens]

The building is still the home of Heriot's School.  It now has many more than its original 30 pupils.