Falcon Hall

Falcon Hall

Falcon Hall, Edinburgh
Former names Morningside Lodge
General information
Location Morningside, Edinburgh
Coordinates 55°55′47″N 3°12′30″W / 55.92972°N 3.20833°W / 55.92972; -3.20833Coordinates: 55°55′47″N 3°12′30″W / 55.92972°N 3.20833°W / 55.92972; -3.20833
Demolished 1909
Design and construction
Architect Thomas Hamilton
The former Bartholomew & Son premises on Duncan Street, incorporating part of Falcon Hall

Falcon Hall was a large mansion home in Morningside, Edinburgh. It was built in 1780 by William Coulter, a wealthy hosier and baillie who served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1808 until his death in 1810.[1]

Falcon Hall was set on 18 acres (7.3 ha) between Newbattle Terrace and Canaan Lane. The property was acquired in the early 19th century by Alexander Falconar (d.1847),[2] a merchant of the East India Company. Alexander added a fine neoclassical façade by the architect Thomas Hamilton,[3] and renamed the home based on his own name.

Dr John George Bartholomew, a co-founder of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and owner of the famous mapmaking company, John Bartholomew & Son Limited was a tenant of the house before 1908.

The entrance to the property stood opposite to the old school. The pillars of the gateway were each surmounted by a falcon, one each side of the gates, painted in brown and gold. The gates were removed in 1874 and reassembled to form the entrance of Edinburgh Zoo in Corstorphine.

The house was demolished in 1909, though the name Falcon was given to the streets later developed on the property.[4] In 1911, when the firm John Bartholomew & Son Limited moved to new premises in Duncan Street, Edinburgh, the central portion of the Falcon Hall façade was re-erected on this new site, where it remains today.[3]


  1. Grant, James (1881). Old and New Edinburgh. IV. Cassell. p. 283.
  2. http://digital.nls.uk/directories/browse/pageturner.cfm?id=83400315&mode=transcription
  3. 1 2 "12 Duncan Street, former Geographical Institute, Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  4. "Falcon Avenue, Gardens, Road". The Derivation of Edinburgh's Street Names. Retrieved 2009-12-08.

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