Basic Site Details

Name: Cowan Institute
Town, district or village: Penicuik
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The commission for the Institute was obtained through family connections. Campbell Douglas's wife, Elizabeth Menzies, was niece of Charles Cowan, MP, of the paper-making Cowans of Penicuik.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Council OfficesYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Institute  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cowan Instutute, High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 118931894  


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Barr MorrisonArchitectA18931894 
Item 2 of 3Campbell DouglasArchitect, ValuerA18931894 
Item 3 of 3Campbell Douglas & MorrisonArchitectural practiceA18931894 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Academy Architecture1894   p83
Item 2 of 4Boog Watson, Charles Brodie1915Alexander Cowan of Moray House & Valleyfield: his Kinsfolk and Connections Perth: Privately published 
Item 3 of 4Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1893   825
Item 4 of 4McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p382

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder29 December 1894LXVII p478
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal1910v17London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register46821