Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow

 Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow, Scotland


This evening, I am focusing on Martyrs’ Public School, one of a portfolio of buildings designed by Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928).

Information on  Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow

This building, which is no longer used for educational purposes, is located in Parson Street, near to the High Street and Glasgow Cathedral, although access on foot is difficult. Close by is St.Mungo’s Church.

The martyrs nomenclature derives from four Covenanters executed in 1684.

The building dates from 1895-8 and is attributed to Mackintosh.

Special features of note include:

  • A ‘T’ plan with classrooms around three sides of a central hall at ground level and four sides on upper floors.
  • Lintels above east and west entrances which are similar to features on Herald building.
  • Projecting eaves of each of the staircase roofs have affinity with the Glasgow School of Art.

The interior can only be accessed by private appointment.

 Entrance at Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow

Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow, Scotland

More information

The publication Visitors’ Guide to Scotland incorporates a section on Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There are also separate sections on art and architecture. ISBN of the publication is 978-1-09161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.


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