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Historic Scotland £4m building repair grants to benefit 16 buildings

18 April 2012

                                                 Fiona Hyslop at Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs today, Wednesday 18th April, announced the latest rounds of Historic Scotland’s Building Grants funding at Riddle’s Court, Lawnmarket in Edinburgh, which forms part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

She said: “I am delighted that Historic Scotland’s £4,061,535 grant funding for building repairs will regenerate 16 diverse and fascinating buildings, from the Leighton Library in Dunblane, Scotland’s earliest surviving purpose built library, to the iconic bridge at Brig o Doon in Alloway, immortalised by Robert Burns’ poem Tam O’Shanter, to the well-loved Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow.

“It is vital that we preserve our historic environment, not only for future generations to enjoy, but also to attract visitors from around the world who come to explore our fascinating history and heritage.

“The Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning and Conservation will be an excellent example of heritage regeneration of one of the finest surviving Scottish residences, dating from the late 16th century.  It will become a conservation hub providing a platform for sharing resources and best practice advice, as well as practical training on traditional building skills.”

Riddle’s Court comprises a series of buildings dating from 1590 set around a small courtyard off the Lawnmarket. It will receive £500,000 for building repairs which are part of a wider project to repair, restore and redevelop Riddle’s Court to become the Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning and Conservation.

John Campbell, QC, Chairman of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust said: “We

are absolutely delighted that the importance of Riddle’s Court is being recognised by this highly significant repairs grant from Historic Scotland.

“The first step on the road to the creation of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Conservation and Learning will enable us to start down the road to putting this historic merchant’s house into a better functioning condition, so that scholars, the whole conservation community, the public and visitors can appreciate and enjoy the buildings’ unique surroundings and presence right in the centre of the capital city, where Geddes once lived and worked.”

The SHBT can be contacted through its Director, Una Richards, at SHBT,  Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG T: 0131 220 1232


For information:

The recipients for the building repair grants are:
St Peter’s, Cardross


Grand Fountain, Paisley


Spiers Centre, Alloa


Pheasantry, Haddo House        


Riddle’s Court


Glasgow School of Art


Rothesay Pavilion


Carnsalloch House


Brig O’ Doon


Corn Exchange, Dalkeith


Leighton Library


Inverness Town Steeple


Haddington Town House


Brodie’s Mill Innerleithen


Castle Leod


Kelvingrove Bandstand




Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                  Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866