Listed Building

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NT 22651 68646
322651, 668646


1885 (stonework 1738, see Notes). Cluster of 4 engaged Roman Ionic columns with acanthus leaves over scrolls; polygonal plinth of 5 steps; full Ionic entablature with pulvinated frieze. Pyramidal capped block above entablature with inset panels inscribed CHARLES 1745 to E elevation and COVENANTERS 1666 to N. Surmounted by large cast-iron weather cock. Sandstone ashlar.

Statement of Special Interest

Erected by R A Macfie of Dreghorn House using the four Ionic columns from the frontispiece of William Adam's Royal Infirmary (1738). The Royal Infirmary was an important work by Adam and was demolished in 1884. It was a U-plan building, fairly plain for the sake of economy, but with an ornate frontispiece comprising four engaged giant Ionic columns to the 1st and 2nd floors, and a 3-bay attic storey with French roof, lantern, and flanking bracket scrolls. Macfie was a collector of architectural antiques, and bought most of the ornamental stonework from the Infirmary. The top section of the Infirmary frontispiece was re-erected on the other side of the road as a stable for Redford House (now Drummond Scrolls, 141 Redford Road).



Photos of the demolition of the Royal Infirmary, 1884, courtesy of Mr Denis Harper of Drummond Scrolls. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND: EDINBURGH, p516. John Gifford, WILLIAM ADAM 1689-1786 (1989), pp170-172 for information on the Royal Infirmary.

Michael Cant, VILLAGES OF EDINBURGH, VOL 2, p23.

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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