George Heriot’s School

George Heriots School photo Kim Traynor Creative Commons

George Heriot’s School seen from Edinburgh Castle. (Photo: Kim Traynor Creative Commons)

This famous independent school is in the centre of Edinburgh, right next to the Castle.  Many former pupils joined the Royal Scots Regiment and went out to Gallipoli, along with some of the former pupils from Portobello High School. Tragically, no fewer than 23 men from George Heriot’s School were killed in a single day – 28th June 1915 – with another soldier dying from his wounds three days later.  See the list here.

In 1915 the school set up an exhibition about the experiences of George Heriot’s during the First World War, in Gallipoli as well as the Western Front and other theatres, and how it affected people at home in Edinburgh.



A rugby team at Gallipoli

5th Royal Scots Rugby Team photo

Photo: George Heriot’s School

Fourteen old boys from the school joined the 5th Royal Scots Regiment Rugby team, and three of them were among the dead on 28th June.  Read their story here.