An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

New College on the Mound in Edinburgh, Scotland is home to the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh.

The College shares its site with the General Assembly Hall, the main meeting venue of the Church of Scotland. Over its history Edinburgh has been one of the world’s leading centres of Reformed theology, and has been home to distinguished theologians such as HR Mackintosh, John Baillie, TF Torrance and John McIntyre, and influential biblical scholars and expositors such as James S. Stewart and James Barr.

The site on the Mound, in the centre of Edinburgh, was purchased in 1844 for £10,000. The celebrated Edinburgh Architect, William Henry Playfair, designed the buildings to be an imposing edifice in a prominent part of the capital, and an expression of the confidence of the Free Church. The plan was to provide accommodation for a full university.

The cost of the building was raised largely from donations by Free Church members, particularly the Free Church congregation in the Old Town, in return for including a church (now New College Library) among the new buildings. The College’s distinguished first principal, Thomas Chalmers laid the building’s foundation stone on 3 June 1846, and it opened to professors and students in 1850.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New Collage is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (Ref 27689).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: 18-55mm IS lens

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro.


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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    magnificant architecture- brillant capture

  • hallucingenic
    hallucingenicover 6 years ago

    how beautiful :) and big! that would be a very cool place to go to school!

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschover 6 years ago

    interesting architecture…a castle college…:>)

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    Good Shot

  • flame7
    flame7over 6 years ago

    Wow – what a lovely shot throught he bushes!

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Tom, love the perspective!!

  • davidmilne
    davidmilneover 6 years ago

    Wonderful framing and editing Tom!

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRover 6 years ago

    The history behind this beautiful school is wonderful. For a building of this size to be paid largely from donations says a lot! It’s a shame people still didn’t open their hearts like that. If they did, there might not be anymore homeless and hungry. Beautiful image with an awesome history. Well done, Tom!

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    lovely work

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