Dundas Mansion, Architect, Building, Photo, RBS, William Chambers, Date, Image
Dundas Mansion, Edinburgh : 36 St Andrew Square
Royal Bank of Scotland Branch, St Andrews Square, New Town
Dundas Mansion Edinburgh
built to house Sir Laurence Dundas
Built axially to George Street, set back off St Andrew’s Square, the Dundas Mansion forms the eastern end point to Edinburgh New Town’s central vista.
Dundas Mansion was converted to the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters. The axial banking hall (Telling Room) by Dick Peddie (1857) has a blue painted dome complete with gold star-shaped coffers.
The Royal Bank of Scotland acquired Dundas Mansion – 36 St Andrew Square – in 1825 for use as their headquarters, and later extended to the rear of the building. Their current HQ is in the building just south of the Bank of Scotland and No. 36 is a branch office.
Next-door, to the south, is a beautiful branch of the Bank of Scotland, the former British Linen Bank, set on the street edge, by David Bryce.
To the north of Dundas Mansion is No.35:
One of the oldest buildings in the New Town, refurbished in 2006-07
To the north of this building is Harvey Nichols
Central to St Andrew Square is the Melville Monument atop which is the stone statue of Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville.
St Andrew Square : buildings
The Royal Bank of Scotland HQ ceiling is featured on RBS banknotes. The equestrian statue in the Bank’s front garden is of John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun with an inscription by Sir Walter Scott.
The Royal Bank of Scotland was set up by Royal Charter in 1727, unlike the older Bank of Scotland which was established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament (before the Act of Union) in 1695.
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Buildings close by include:
photo © Adrian Welch
photo © Adrian Welch
Royal Bank of Scotland : 42 St Andrew Square
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