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Page last updated: 27/10/2010

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Craigleith Stone Buildings

There were two types of stone obtained at Craigleith, the very hard, fine grained cream coloured, compact sandstone known as liver rock and the easily worked greyish white sandstone known as common rock.

The list of sites the stone was used in are many and the following gives an idea of how well it was sought after for construction, repairs or for a specific item within a structure. Craigleith stone may not have been used in the whole building named but may only have been used for a specific feature.

Building name and address


Holyrood Palace in part 16th Cent

Edinburgh Castle and Shrine

Tron Kirk High Street

Queen Street No.8

Register House East End of Princess St

St Andrew Square No.35

Charlotte Square North Side

City Chambers High Street

St Andrews and George's Church

City Observatory House Calton Hill

Parliament House, High Street

Waterloo Place, columns

Nelson Monument, Calton Hill

City Observatory, Calton Hill

The Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row

National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound

Former Royal High School

National Monument Calton Hill

Leith Town Hall, Constitution Street

Old College University of Edinburgh

St Stephens Church, St Vincent Street

Dean Bridge

Charles 11 Statue pedestal, Parliament Square

Randolf Cliff tenement, Northern Corner

Leith Docks


Construction/repair dates


16th Century

1619

1647/1787/1976

1771

1778 1789 1820s

1781

1795

1761

1784

1792

1810

1815

1816

1818

1824

1825

1826

1829

1829

1827

1827

1828

1832

1835

1849

1895