Basic Site Details

Name: Commercial Bank, Galashiels
Town, district or village: Galashiels
City or county: Selkirkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: The Commercial Bank of Scotland have just completed a new bank at Galashiels. It is in the Italian style of architecture, three storeys in height, and relieved by elaborately carved bands, cornices, pilasters, floral tresses and lion's heads. Mr. David Rhind is the architect. [Building News 29 May 1868 page 367]

Cost of Rhind building 2653. The Sydney Mitchell part is an extension to the right of the Rhind building

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lauder College Employment & EnterpriseYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 179, High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 717 January 1867 Plans approved 
Item 2 of 711 April 1867  Estimates
Item 3 of 71868  Completed
Item 4 of 71883  Plans dated
Item 5 of 71884  Plans approved
Item 6 of 720 March 1884  Estimates accepted
Item 7 of 71888 Journal reference 


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 3David RhindArchitect 18671868Original building
Item 2 of 3Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectA18831884Large extension to right of Rhind building
Item 3 of 3George WilsonArchitectA18831884As assistant to Sydney Mitchell - large extension to right of Rhind building


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp 307

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect13 August 1888  Or may be the 31 August.
Item 2 of 2Building News29 May 1868  p367

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1880/13/1-2
Item 2 of 2Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesCommercial Bank Board Minutes 17 January 1867, 11 April 1867 (for Rhind part) and 1 October 1883 (plans to be drawn up) Plans approved 31 January 1884 for Sydney Mitchell part