Taken during the Edinburgh, Scotland RB meet (13 Nov 2010).
George Heriot’s School (originally Heriot’s Hospital) on Lauriston Place.
The architect of Heriot’s Hospital was the royal master mason, William Wallace, after whose death in October 1631 the work was carried on by his assistant and successor William Aytoun.
The plan for the building is of special significance; it is the first completely regular design in Scotland with four equal ranges of buildings disposed round a central quadrangle, with four square towers at each corner rising a storey higher. The Foundation Stone on the north-west tower is inscribed 1 July 1628 although the building was not in use until 1659.
Funding for the hospital was provided from the estate of George Heriot, Jeweller and Goldsmith to James VI and I. After payment of considerable private legacies of about £6,826, he bequeathed the remainder of his estate for the purpose of founding in his native city a hospital for the upbringing and education of puire fatherless bairnes, friemenes sones of that Toune of Edinburgh. His bequest amounted to some £23,625 10s 3 1/2d (Sterling) and represented a small fortune in those days.
The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
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Three RAW images individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.1 then Photomerged in Photoshop CS4.
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