Donaldson's College

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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An aerial view of Edinburgh, Scotland with the former Donaldson’s College in the centre of the shot.

Donaldson’s College was founded in Edinburgh in 1851 as Donaldson’s Hospital by Sir James Donaldson (1751–1830). The original benefaction allowed for special bursaries for poor children bearing the name Donaldson. Not all were deaf, although applications on behalf of deaf children were encouraged. From 1938, pupils were exclusively deaf. This benefaction was similar in style to the benefaction of George Watson, who founded and supported other schools in Edinburgh.

Queen Victoria is said to have been jealous of the landmark William Henry Playfair building in Edinburgh, apparently stating that it outclassed some of her palaces.

During a German air raid in 1916, much glass was destroyed by a zeppelin.

In 2003, under financial pressures, the school’s building at West Coates, Edinburgh was put up for sale, and was purchased by locally-based property developer Cala Homes. The school retained use of the building until new purpose-built premises in Linlithgow were ready in early 2008.


Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh and Lowland Scotland.

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