John Watson's Institution

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Material consists of: John Watson's Institution Minutes and Correspondence relating to the foundation of the school and its later administration. Includes pro forma applications for admission detailing family and other relationships of boys proposed for admission.

Conditions Governing Access

Access available to academics and bone fide researchers by prior appointment. Please give at least 3 days notice.

Acquisition Information

From its foundation, the trustees of John Watson's Institution have included Writers to the Signet. These materials came into the possession of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet through the involvement of Society officers in the running of the Institution.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction by permission of WS Society only.

Appraisal Information

On permanent deposit.

Custodial History

Material has been in the WS Society's collections since at least 1935, and is likely to have been present since 1850.

Related Material

The greater part of the overall archive relating to John Watson's Institution is held by Edinburgh City Archives.