Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Thank you to Alan Stewart who
of Domestic Science
"My dad, Harry Stewart,
had the pleasure of being caretaker of Clermiston House for the
College of Domestic Science (as it was then) after they acquired the
site in the early 1960s.
Though I thank them for the chance to live in such a great
environment, I also curse them for
demolishing a sound building (the house itself) and removing
anything that gave reminders of the past."
"The family who last lived in the house
before the college acquired it (sorry cant remember their name) were
a little bit eccentric (nicely) and had an en suite room especially
for their Pekingese dogs. It smelled
of dog pee long after they had gone.
There was even a small dog cemetery,
complete with headstones (removed by college) to the front of the
house near the impressive statue (removed by college) of
King James V on
It's a pity that I was not really interested who he was in
was also a revolving summer house on the front lawn (removed by
cycling down Clermiston Road. I was
near the top with a parcel to post dangling from the handlebars.
It swung into my spokes and ruined quite a few.
stopped my bike and a man came out of a house to see if I was OK.
He asked where I lived and then identified himself as a son
of the previous owner of Clermiston House.
He taped up my parcel and gave me some
money to repair my bike. It was a
kind deed which I remember to this day.
Inside the House
"The house was superb.
It had a huge dining room stretching the length of the house,
with magnificent chandeliers in many of the rooms.
We lived in the basement and one of my joys was to sneak upstairs to
have my bath in the floor to ceiling marbled bathroom,
or pull myself upstairs in the dumb
It was the Inverarity family who
lived in the house.
It was a magnificent
place which was watertight and sound. How
could it ever have been allowed to be demolished?"
grounds were pure joy.
The photo above is taken looking across the huge lawns to the side
of the house.
sunken gardens with a pond full of tadpoles and newts in the middle
(since full of concrete)
walled garden with large greenhouse
disused outdoor swimming pool (another great source of newts and
alive with daffodils in spring and, best
of all, the multi coloured rhododendrons.
"The Winfield family, who worked for the
previous owners, were given a small cottage in,
what was then, the corner of a field at
the top of the road up from Corstorphine.
They were to have this cottage until the death of the mother.
The wall to the cottage used to have a post box built into
"Clermiston council housing was being
built at the time and, though I went to
Corstorphine Primary School, I played with
the kids from the scheme which was slowly filling up.
My dad used to let them play football in the field which was
to the front of the house.
pigeons was also big in these days and the woods between the scheme
and the house were a prime place for kids,
pigeon lofts to be built.
remember tumblers were much sought after,
and remember going into town to a pet shop
in Cockburn Street, just down the steps,to
Does anyone remember the kids' recognition
call? It was a bit like 'eeoo eep.'
Riding a Bull
"I remember, in
the bottom field, trying to ride a
being sent through the air. I
"The kids were a good lot,
in general. They never did any
damage to the estate which, was right on
their doorsteps. My
dad used to do his rounds in the evening with our fat family dog and
gave plenty warning of his approach with occasional loud shouts
of 'Get the hell out of there',
even if he couldn't see anyone."
"Clermiston House was a great place
which had a sad and unnecessary end"
Alan Stewart: Dumfries,
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland: Oct 23 + Nov 11, 2010
Thank you to Danny Callaghan who
"It was sad to read of the demise of Clermiston House. This
was when they started to build the Edinburgh College of Domestic
Science at Clermiston.
The Dough School, as it was more commonly
known, was located at that time in 1 to 4
Atholl Cres, occupying the first 4
'houses' and taught domestic science teachers and chefs etc.
The Dough School was a fond name.
Glasgow also had a Domestic College
the Dough School."
The Dough School
"After the Dough School move to Clermiston,
the building in Atholl Cres was demolished retaining the frontage
and rebuild with large floor plates as headquarters for General
Accident Insurance in Edinburgh. Subsequently GA moved
out and the building was taken over by Grant Thornton accountants
and investment advisers."
"Over the years,
the Dough School started to diversify its courses and changed its
name to Queen Margaret College, then to Queen Margaret University
College and now is Queen Margaret University.
Queen Margaret University
has now has moved to a new campus near
Musselburgh. It is very much to the
fore in nursing and other medical courses.
A full history can be found on the Queen
Margaret University web
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk,
Stirlingshire, Scotland: November 11, 2010
Thank you to Marjorie Loquet for posting this
message in the EdinPhoto guestbook:
"The owners of Clermiston House before those you mention were the
Dukes of Sutherland also known as Leveson-Gower or
Marjorie Loquet (née Laidlaw),
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, January 10, 2011
Marjorie Loquet has
written again. Here is a message that
she posted recently in the EdinPhoto guestbook:
Servants in 19th Century
anyone know any of the servants' names
at Clermiston House around 1848 -1872?
Are any of the
relatives of those who worked still alive?
- Have any
stories about these workers or about the masters
of the house, been passed down?
I am particularly interested in
William Levison-Gower and his wife."
Marjorie Loquet (née Laidlaw),
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, December 19, 2012
Barbara Fleming wrote:
"Im trying to locate a Children's Home in order
to trace a child who lived there in the
1970s. He's one of the people in a family tree
This child’s half sibling remembers as a small boy visiting his
brother in the home, in the 1970s when he would
have been 8-years-old. He thinks the
home was called Clarewood and that it was
in Drumbrae, Edinburgh.
or anyone involved in the history of this area,
throw some light on which home this might have
been? It is not listed on Barnardo's
list. If I cannot find a correct
name for the home my search at this point
may be in vain."
Barbara Fleming, Livingston, West
Lothian, Scotland: June 10+11, 2014
Reply to Barbara
Hi Barbara: I think that if you look
under the name of Clerwood Children's Home (rather than Clarewood
Children's Home) you may find what you are looking for.
If you have any information about the home or
memories of it, and would like to contact Barbara,
please email me, then I'll pass on her email address to you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
June 10, 2014
Thank you to Ray Melville who wrote:
"The Fox Covert Hotel
was in fact built around a bungalow, named Fox Covert.
I'm sure it was
a guest house to begin with and was owned by Fred Ford, the builder.
Part way through its development, the original house could
still be seen among the extensions.
"I don't remember Clermiston House on
the west of Clermiston Road. Maybe
it became Queen Margaret College.
My memory is a touch hazy about Drum
Brae Drive, as that area was built in the mid 1950s.
I don't know if Drum Brae
Drive was constructed then or existed previously.
was taught on the Drum Brae estate roads
before any houses were built there, around
1956 or 1957."
"I stayed at
'Edmondsbury' which was 69 Clermiston Road.
It was a large estate with a fine house,
built in 1880, now demolished. It
had two mews houses over the old stables and coach house, one
of which I lived in with my parents.
The estate was cleared around the early
1970s, I think,
and flats were built there by W & JR
Watsons, whose head office was at that time in Romano House, near
the Corstorphine Railway Station.
Although I lived there from 1953 till 1966/7 I cannot recall the
houses as described.
looked at the Bartholemew Map of 1912, and have
found these houses at Clermiston on the map.
was an old house on the
corner of Cairnmuir Road and Clermiston
further to the north, opposite Queen Margaret College.
Clermiston House was
around where Rannoch Road is now and would have
been beside Buttercup Farm.
The Lea is also
shown on the map, but I have no memory of that at all
Ray Melville, Rosyth, Fife,
Scotland: June 11, 2014
West Lothian, Scotland
Thank you to Linda Chatwin who wrote:
Barbara Fleming,and I are looking for
David Stuart Willis, one of the children
who resided at Clerwood Children's Home in
the 1960s and 1970s.
Can you help at all?
Linda Chatwin, Livingston, West
Lothian, Scotland: August 13, 2014
Reply to Linda
If you can suggest how Linda might be able to
contact David Willis, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass
on Linda's email address to you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
August 17, 2014
Lake Maquarie, New South Wales,
Thank you to Ian Thomson who
memory from the 1940s
is that Clerwood House was opposite the
Buttercup Farm, close
to Corrie Woods.
I seem to remember an under-aged
football team named
Clerwood, but I don't remember a boys'
doing the plumbing work at 'The Buttercup',
I doubt I
the old iron barrow up
'The Clermiston' now."
Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:
August 18, 2014
Thank you to Maureen Ritchie who
"I moved to
Drum Brae Drive in March 1955. Before, we were bussed to
Carrick Knowe Primary when the estate grew, we spent the summer term
at Fox Covert House.
I cannot find any
reference to this house, and would welcome any information that
people can give me. This house was in amongst a wood just off Drum
Brae Drive behind where the Clermiston Inn is now. I was 6.
Is this the
domestic science college."
Maureen Ritchie, Tenerife: 7 February, 2014
If you'd like to send a reply to Maureen,
please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on her email
address to you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
February `2, 2014