John Watson's Institution

The John Watson's Institution was a school established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1762. It was based in the building which now hosts the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.


In 1762 John Watson, an Edinburgh solicitor and Writer to the Signet, left the residue of his estate for charitable purposes for children in the Edinburgh area. A refuge was established which eventually became the John Watson's Institution.

In 1975 the School was closed and in 1984 the organisation was changed by Parliament to the John Watson's Trust in order to distribute funds from the sale of its assets.

The school magazine was known as "The Levite".


John Langhorne (1897-1925)

John Langhorne was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. His first appointments were Queen Elizabeth's school, Dedham and Christ's College, Finchley. He moved to Edinburgh in 1890 and for seven years was master at Loretto School, which had been founded by a distant relative Thomas Langhorne. John Langhorne died whilst on a visit to Barnard Castle on 27 August 1925 and is buried there. He had been a member of the Association for Teachers in Secondary Schools (Scotland). After his death a bronze tablet was installed in his memory at the school. [The Langhorne Memorial, The Levite, Vol IV, No.7 (Spring 1927)] The dedication reads: " To the glory of god and in grateful memory of John Langhorne, M.A. headmaster 1897-1925 who died on 27th August 1925 aged 63 years. Erected by his pupils".


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