Stewart's Melville College
Stewart's Melville College is a private school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Classes are all boys in the 1st to 5th co-educational in 6th year, it has a roll of about 750 pupils. About 3% of pupils board on site, the rest are day pupils; the school is twinned with the Mary Erskine School, an all-girls private school one mile from Stewart's Melville College. Together the combined Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools have a co-educational Junior School, split between the two campuses and caters for pupils from 3 to 12 years old; the two schools share a Principal, most extra-curricular activities, such as performing arts, are run jointly. Both SMC and MES are managed by the Merchant Company of Edinburgh, responsible for the co-educational George Watson's College. Stewart's Melville College originated from the merger of two schools — Daniel Stewart's College and Melville College — in 1972 to become Daniel Stewart's and Melville College. After the merger Melville's bright red trim replaced the dark red and yellow trim on the black Daniel Stewart's blazer for general use and the red blazer of Melville College was adopted for those awarded colours.
Melville College was founded in 1832 by Rev. Robert Cunningham in George Street but soon moved to Hill Street in the centre of Edinburgh with a teaching emphasis on modern subjects, such as science, rather than classical subjects – unusual at that time; the school moved a short distance to 8 Queen Street, purchased in 1853 and to Melville Street in the city's West End in 1920. Named "The Edinburgh Institution for Languages and Mathematics", its name changed to Melville College in 1936 about the same time as the caps and blazers of the boys were changed to bright red. Daniel Stewart's Hospital was opened in 1855 by the Merchant Company of Edinburgh. Daniel Stewart, upon his death in 1814, left a sum of money and instructions that, once it had reached £40,000 it should be used to create a hospital for needy boys within the city; the hospital was located on the current Queensferry Road campus. The hospital was transformed into "Daniel Stewart's College" in 1870; the school uniform from 1924 onwards was a cap with red and black stripes and a black blazer with red and yellow trim.
In 1974 the link with another nearby Merchant Company school, the all-girls Mary Erskine School, was formalised and The Mary Erskine and Stewart's Melville Junior School was formed. Nursery to Primary 3 are housed on the Mary Erskine campus, with Primary 4 to 7 on the Stewart's Melville campus; the sixth form of both senior schools is coeducational. In 2013, Stewart's Melville was voted the Scottish Independent School of the year by the Sunday Times newspaper and Mary Erskine School was voted the Scottish Independent School of the year in 2012. In 2014 the combined Erskine Stewarts Melville school, with over 2,700 pupils, claimed to be the largest independent school in Europe. In 2014, a programme of improvement work on buildings of the junior school was announced, as of 2018, work has begun. Stewart's Melville College has won the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup Under-18 rugby championships four times: in 1999, 2006, 2011 and 2016; the Former Pupils Rugby club play in Division 1 of the Scottish National Premier League."Ravelston Sports Club", a large on-site sports centre opened in 2000.
The sports centre is used by pupils for physical education lessons and sports training but is open to members of the public for a monthly membership fee. Extensive rugby pitches, cricket pitches and athletics facilities are located at the school's sports grounds in Inverleith, two miles north of the school; the school's main Victorian assembly hall was converted to the "Performing Arts Centre" between 2005 and 2007. This £3.5 million project, was paid for in part by donations from the parents of the schools current pupils and former pupils. The Centre has 800 seats that fold back into the wall, providing a variety of possible configurations and was opened in 2007, it is available for use by the public and is used as a venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011 actor John Cairney unveiled the new name for the centre, "Tom Fleming Centre for Performing Arts", named after former pupil Tom Fleming, one of Scotland's leading broadcasters. Since 1965, the school has organised an outdoor education programme for the boys of SMC and the girls from MES in the third year.
It takes place in the north of Scotland, based for over forty years at Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel, Easter Ross, until its closure required accommodation to relocate to Aviemore. Pupils at Stewart's Melville sit Scottish Qualifications Authority examinations, including National 4, National 5, Higher Grade and Advanced Higher Grade levels; the English GCE Advanced Level examinations can be sat in art and music. All pupils go on to higher education. In 2014, popular destinations included Aberdeen, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt; the school maintains a Former Pupils Club. There are branches throughout the UK and abroad. Academia and Science Thomas David Anderson - astronomer who discovered many temporary and variable stars Professor James Barr - a radical theologian, professor at Montreal, Edinb
St Mary's Music School
St Mary's Music School is a music school in Scotland in Edinburgh, for boys and girls aged 9 to 19 and is the Choir School of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. The school, non-denominational, provides education for children with a special talent in music, is Scotland's only full-time independent specialist music school. In 2017 the school has 80 pupils from many different backgrounds and from all parts of Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad - 49 day pupils and 31 boarders, plus one student on the school's Part-time Pathways to Specialism scheme. Entry to the school is by audition and assessment, based on musical ability and potential and regardless of personal circumstances. Scottish Government funding, up to 100%, is available through the statutory Aided Places scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees; the school and St Mary's Cathedral award bursaries. The school operates a large chamber orchestra, a Junior String Sinfonia and a Senior String Ensemble. Jazz and Traditional Scottish Music feature in specialist ensembles and in Jazz and Scottish Music Days.
Students perform throughout Edinburgh and beyond. In addition to internal lunchtime concerts, students have performed at the Queen's Hall, Jam House, Kirks and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Students have been requested to play at many civic occasions including Royalty, the Scottish Parliament and other public events such as a NATO visit to Edinburgh; the school day is from 8.30am until 5pm - and there is no study leave. The School is at or near the top of Scotland’s academic league tables. St Mary's Music School was named as Scottish Independent Secondary School of the Year in 2007 The 2016 pass rate was 100% for National 4, Higher and A level exams, 94% for National 5 and 95% for Advanced Highers. A former Music Director, Nigel Murray, wrote in 1994 that the self-discipline acquired in the devotion to the mastery of an art as self-fulfilling as Music was bound to have a beneficial effect on the rest of the pupil's work and play. Murray continued that if he had a motto for St Mary's Music School it would be the words of the Italian pianist Ferruccio Busoni.
St Mary’s Music School was founded as the Song School of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in 1880 to educate choristers for the newly built St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. At that time the school was located at Old Coates House and the adjacent Song School Building, both within the Cathedral precincts. In 1970 Dennis Townhill and the Provost, Philip Crosfield, became the driving force of a plan not only to safeguard the future of the Choir School of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh but to transform it into a new and vibrant entity. In 1972 the school was expanded into a specialist music school on the lines of the Yehudi Menuhin School, with Lord Menuhin becoming patron and referring to it as "my younger sister-school in Scotland"; the school educates young instrumentalists and singers. In 1976 the Cathedral choir was opened to girls. In 1995, the music school moved out of the Cathedral grounds and into its current location at Coates Hall, Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh. St Mary's Music School is the only Scottish member of the UK Music and Dance Schools and is similar to other specialist music schools throughout Europe such as the Dresden Music Gymnasium.
The current President is Professor John Wallace, a trumpet player and former principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Vice presidents are Dame Evelyn Glennie CH DBE, Steven Isserlis CBE, Sir James MacMillan CBE, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Steven Osborne. Coates Hall was designed by David Bryce for Sheriff Napier in 1850 as a small Baronial house. In 1891 the building was bought by the Scottish Episcopal Church for use as the Edinburgh Theological College and enlarged by Sydney Mitchell adding a late gothic chapel. In 1913 Robert Lorimer added a storey to the main block much improving the whole group. In 1995 Coates Hall was sold to St Mary’s Music School and houses the chapel, used for concerts; the Chapel contains three stained glass windows. By Ninian Comper which includes Scotland's St Columba and St Ninian; the school has two libraries, staff offices, bedrooms for boarding pupils, around 30 music practice rooms. Academic subjects are taught in two modern buildings within the school grounds.
The school is surrounded by gardens in the heart of Edinburgh's West End and has good transport connections due to its proximity to Haymarket railway station. The Song School within the nearby Cathedral precinct is still used by the Choristers for daily practice, where they are surrounded by beautiful murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair, it was these murals. Within a tunnelled ceiling interior the East Wall depicts the cathedral clergy and choir; the South depicts Traquair’s admired contemporaries such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, George Frederic Watts. The West shows the four beasts singing the Sanctus. In 2016 the school put forward a funded £25 million proposal to move its location to the old Royal High School in Edinburgh in competition with another proposal to convert the site to a hotel; the school's plans were accepted by the Edinburgh Council planning committee in 2016 and would have allowed the school to increase the number of its students. However, the council had signed a contract with Duddingston House Properties in 2012 to convert the Royal High into a hotel.
Two hotel plans were rejected by the E
Craiglockhart is a suburb in the south west of Edinburgh, lying between Colinton to the south, Morningside to the east Merchiston to the north east and Kingsknowe to the west. The Water of Leith is to the west; the name is first recorded in 1278 as "Crag quam Stephanus Loccard miles tenuit", thus "Craig of Loccard". The family, whose name was changed to Lockhart, are credited by Historic Scotland with building Craiglockhart Castle in the fifteenth century; the oldest "structure" in the area is the remains of a vitrified fort on the top of Wester Craiglockhart Hill, of prehistoric origin. This was somewhat mutilated by the addition of gun-emplacements in World War II, guarding against aerial attack. Excavations show. Craiglockhart Castle is now ruined; the hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its diverse biological habitat. In Victorian times the area was dominated by hospital buildings: The City Hospital. Craighouse and The Hydropathic are now part of the campus of Edinburgh Napier University.
During the First World War, the hospital was used to house officers suffering from the symptoms of shell-shock. Invalids here included the poets Wilfred Siegfried Sassoon, who met while patients. After the war this the building served as a convent and a theological school, before passing to the Napier College; the area became part of Edinburgh City in 1920 and the area was developed in the 1930s with bungalows and low density housing on the low-lying ground around the Wester and Easter Craiglockhart Hills. At the boundary point between Craiglockhart and Merchiston runs the Edinburgh Suburban railway line. There was once a station just off Colinton Road, this may return, since the line is mooted for re-opening as part of Edinburgh's future transport strategy. Craiglockhart today is chiefly residential, with a small proportion of commercial properties, is in general considered to be a comfortable middle-class area, with a mixture of terraced and detached villas, of a variety of ages. Craiglockhart Tennis Centre plays host to large international tennis competitions, with a series of well kept indoor and outdoor courts.
One famous product of the centre is Andy Murray, who trained there. On the same ground is Craiglockhart Sport And Leisure Centre which has a small boating pond. A small cluster of commercial premises remain close to the station site, with a further group located opposite the Craiglockhart Tennis Centre. A small Tesco "Express" supermarket has been built on the site of a former petrol station adjacent to the Meggetland playing fields; the opening of this branch of Tesco was vociferously opposed by the Scottish food writer Joanna Blythman, who claimed that opening the store would damage the local grocery store at Happy Valley. There is a Craiglockhart Primary School, although this is a little to the north of Craiglockhart itself, technically within North Merchiston Bartholomew's Chronological map of Edinburgh Craiglockhart Community Council Craiglockhart Primary School
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore. Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland; the city's Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education in the fields of medicine, Scots law, philosophy, the sciences and engineering, it is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom and the city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year. Edinburgh is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom; the official population estimates are 488,050 for the Locality of Edinburgh, 513,210 for the City of Edinburgh, 1,339,380 for the city region.
Edinburgh lies at the heart of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region comprising East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian. The city is the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, it is home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 and now one of four in the city, is placed 18th in the QS World University Rankings for 2019; the city is famous for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world's largest annual international arts festival. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles and the Canongate, the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th/19th centuries. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, managed by Edinburgh World Heritage since 1999. "Edin", the root of the city's name, derives from Eidyn, the name for this region in Cumbric, the Brittonic Celtic language spoken there.
The name's meaning is unknown. The district of Eidyn centred on the dun or hillfort of Eidyn; this stronghold is believed to have been located at Castle Rock, now the site of Edinburgh Castle. Eidyn was conquered by the Angles of Bernicia in the 7th century and by the Scots in the 10th century; as the language shifted to Old English, subsequently to modern English and Scots, The Brittonic din in Din Eidyn was replaced by burh, producing Edinburgh. Din became dùn in Scottish Gaelic, producing Dùn Èideann; the city is affectionately nicknamed Auld Reekie, Scots for Old Smoky, for the views from the country of the smoke-covered Old Town. Allan Ramsay said. A name the country people give Edinburgh from the cloud of smoke or reek, always impending over it."Thomas Carlyle said, "Smoke cloud hangs over old Edinburgh,—for since Aeneas Silvius's time and earlier, the people have the art strange to Aeneas, of burning a certain sort of black stones, Edinburgh with its chimneys is called'Auld Reekie' by the country people."A character in Walter Scott's The Abbot says "... yonder stands Auld Reekie--you may see the smoke hover over her at twenty miles' distance."Robert Chambers who said that the sobriquet could not be traced before the reign of Charles II attributed the name to a Fife laird, Durham of Largo, who regulated the bedtime of his children by the smoke rising above Edinburgh from the fires of the tenements.
"It's time now bairns, to tak' the beuks, gang to our beds, for yonder's Auld Reekie, I see, putting on her nicht -cap!"Some have called Edinburgh the Athens of the North for a variety of reasons. The earliest comparison between the two cities showed that they had a similar topography, with the Castle Rock of Edinburgh performing a similar role to the Athenian Acropolis. Both of them had fertile agricultural land sloping down to a port several miles away. Although this arrangement is common in Southern Europe, it is rare in Northern Europe; the 18th-century intellectual life, referred to as the Scottish Enlightenment, was a key influence in gaining the name. Such luminaries as David Hume and Adam Smith shone during this period. Having lost most of its political importance after the Union, some hoped that Edinburgh could gain a similar influence on London as Athens had on Rome. A contributing factor was the neoclassical architecture that of William Henry Playfair, the National Monument. Tom Stoppard's character Archie, of Jumpers, said playing on Reykjavík meaning "smoky bay", that the "Reykjavík of the South" would be more appropriate.
The city has been known by several Latin names, such as Aneda or Edina. The adjectival form of the latter, can be seen inscribed on educational buildings; the Scots poets Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns used Edina in their poems. Ben Jonson described it as "Britaine's other eye", Sir Walter Scott referred to it as "yon Empress of the North". Robert Louis Stevenson a son of the city, wrote, "Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be"; the colloquial pronunciation "Embra" or "Embro" has been used, as in Robert Garioch's Embro to the Ploy. The earliest known human habitation in the Edinburgh area was at Cramond, where evidence was found of a Mesolithi
George Watson's College
George Watson's College is a co-educational independent day school in Scotland, situated on Colinton Road, in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh. It was first established as a hospital school in 1741, became a day school in 1871, was merged with its sister school George Watson's Ladies College in 1974, it is a Merchant Company of Edinburgh school and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The school was established according to the instructions of George Watson who bequeathed the bulk of his fortune of £12,000 – a vast sum in 1723 – to found a school for the provision of post-primary boarding education. Unlike his father, John Watson, George was not a member of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh, but he was impressed by their co-founding and running of the Merchant Maiden Hospital and so he chose the Company to implement the terms of his will. After some years, the Governors bought land known as Heriot's Croft, located off Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, close to the Meadows and opposite George Heriot's School, engaged an architect.
The foundation stone was laid on 22 May 1738, the building was completed early in 1741. The school opened as George Watson's Hospital on Whitsunday, 17 May 1741; the initial roll consisted of 11 boys, aged 9–10 years. In accordance with Watson's will, the governors were responsible for former pupils up to the age of 25. Watson's stated preference was for allowing the hospital's charges to become skilled workers, though the governors allowed boys who showed an ability to pursue medicine or academia. By the 1860s, the hospital school system had fallen into general public disrepute, while the Merchant Company was fearful both of government intervention in the schooling system; the solution was to re-found Watson's, the three other hospitals under its governorship, as day schools. In July 1868 the Company applied to Parliament for powers to re-organise their schools and make different use of their endowments to as to make education more available. Watson's was thus transformed, reopening on 26 September 1870 as a fee-paying day school with a roll of 800 boys called George Watson's College Schools for Boys.
In 1869, the original hospital building was sold to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. When the infirmary sought to expand in 1871, the school moved a short distance west to the former Merchant Maiden Hospital building in Archibald Place; the original hospital building was incorporated into the infirmary, the chapel remained in use as the hospital chapel until the infirmary was itself moved away. The remains of the building were demolished in 2004 during the redevelopment of the infirmary site by the Quartermile consortium, which redeveloped the site of the Archibald Place buildings, demolished in the 1930s after the school moved to its present site. In 1902 the College was the first prestigious Scottish secondary school; the school's staff were men and there were 930 pupils. Charlotte Ainslie was an ex-pupil who had studied at Bedford College and now led George Watson's Ladies' College. In the years following World War I, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary needed to expand once more and was interested in the site occupied by Watson's.
At the same time, the Archibald Place building was cramped and in need of modernisation, as well as being distant from the school's playing fields at Myreside. In 1924 the Merchant Company announced that they had taken the decision to sell the Archibald Place building to the Infirmary for a "fair" price. In 1927, agreement was made to acquire the site of Merchiston Castle School – adjacent to the Myreside playing fields – and a competition was held to design the new school building; the winner was announced in June 1928 as James B Dunn, himself a Watsonian, with a plan described as "simple and masterly". Building work on the new site commenced in August 1929; the new building, facing Colinton Road, was in sandstone-faced. It is H-shaped, extending over two stories, with a large central Assembly Hall which seats up to 1835; the new building was completed in 1932. It was opened on 22 September by HRH Prince George; the Golden Jubilee of the creation of the 1932 buildings fell in 1982, was marked by a number of celebrations.
These culminated on 29 June with a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The Queen spent two hours touring the campus, including a short concert, she unveiled a commemorative plaque; the reforms, which saw the hospital's transformation into a day school saw the Merchant Company wish to open a school for girls. In July 1868, the Company applied to Parliament for powers to reorganise their schools and make different use of their endowments to as to make education more available. In February 1871, the Company took over the lease of Melville House in George Square and used it as the location of the nascent George Watson's College Schools for Young Ladies, it was renamed to George Watson's College for Ladies in 1877, to George Watson's Ladies College in 1890. In 1967, the Merchant Company announced its plan to combine the two Watson's Colleges to form a single co-educational campus in Colinton Road. Building work was required to house the combined school; the first joint assembly of the amalgamated school was held on 1 October 1974.
The school found itself in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest co-educational school in Scotland, with a roll of over 2,400 pupils. Si
John Baldwin Buckstone
John Baldwin Buckstone was an English actor and comedian who wrote 150 plays, the first of, produced in 1826. He starred as a comic actor during much of his career for various periods at the Adelphi Theatre and the Haymarket Theatre, managing the Haymarket from 1853 to 1877. Buckstone was born in Hoxton, the son of John Buckstone, a retired shopkeeper, his wife Elizabeth, he was educated at Walworth Grammar School and was apprenticed on a naval ship at age 10 but returned to school. He studied law and was articled to a solicitor but turned to acting by age 19. Buckstone first joined a travelling troupe in 1821 as Gabriel in The Children in the Wood. and toured for three years in the southeast of England. He found a mentor in Edmund Kean, he made his first London appearance, on 30 January 1823, at the Surrey Theatre, as Ramsay in The Fortunes of Nigel. In 1824 he played Peter Smink in The Armistice with great success, he began to write plays. His successes led to his engagement in 1827 at the Adelphi Theatre, where he remained as the leading low comedian until 1833.
Buckstone's acting was described as "a union of shrewdness and drollery, with their interaction upon each other... was irresistibly comic." Buckstone wrote most of his plays in the first half of his career, many of these were produced at the Adelphi. As his acting career reached the height of its success, his playwriting output declined. At the Adelphi, he appeared as Bobby Trot in his first successful play, the melodrama Luke the Labourer, which he had written in 1826. Other well known plays were Wreck Ashore and Forgery Perhaps the most successful of these early plays was his 1833 play, The Bravo, based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name, he first appeared at the Haymarket Theatre during the summer season in 1833 writing plays for this theatre, including Ellen Wartham. Another hit for the Haymarket was the drama Thirty Years of a Woman's Life. At that theatre, his acting was praised in The Housekeeper by Douglas Jerrold and Thisbe, in his own plays, Uncle John, Rural Felicity and Agnes de Vere.
He stayed at the Haymarket until 1838. In 1839–40 he returned to the Adelphi to write and star in a number of plays, including his extraordinarily successful play Jack Sheppard, based on the novel of the same name published that year by William Harrison Ainsworth. After his return from a visit to the United States in 1840, where he met with little success, Buckstone played in his own play, Married Life, at the Haymarket, he appeared at several London theatres, among them the Lyceum, where he was Box at the first representation of Box and Cox, by John Maddison Morton, in 1847. There he created the role of Bob, in Dion Boucicault's Old Heads and Young Hearts, played several other memorable roles, Slowboy in Cricket on the Hearth, Dan in John Bull, MacDunnum of Dunnum in A School for Scheming, Scrub in The Beaux' Stratagem and Golightly in Lend Me Five Shillings, several Shakespeare roles. For the Adelphi, he wrote The Green Bushes and The Flowers of the Forest, both in 1847, he dramatised The Last Days of Pompeii.
He returned to the Haymarket in 1848, writing and playing in An Alarming Sacrifice, Leap Year and A Serious Family. During this period, he memorably played Moses in Stirling Coyne's adaptation of The Vicar of Wakefield, Appleface in Jerrold's Catspaw, Shadowly Softhead in Lord Lytton's Not as Bad as We Seem and in many Shakespeare productions with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean, he became lessee of the Haymarket from 1853 to 1877. For this theatre, he continued to write farces, though markedly fewer than before; as manager of the Haymarket, he surrounded himself with an admirable and effective ensemble company, including Edward Askew Sothern, Henry Compton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles James Mathews and the Kendals, he produced the plays of James Planché, Thomas William Robertson, Tom Taylor, John Oxenford, H. J. Byron and W. S. Gilbert, as well as his own, in most of these he acted. Buckstone's management made the Haymarket into the premier comedy theatre of the age. Buckstone's own gifts in comedy contributed much to the theatre's remarkable success.
According to The Times, "Few men... have possessed to a greater extent the power of communicating the spirit of mirth to an audience.... He was helped, too, in his vocation by remarkable physical attributes" and a peculiar, hilarious voice. In the 1850s, Buckstone produced An Unequal Match and Taylor's The Overland Route, A Hero of Romance by Westland Marston, Home by Robertson. In 1862, Buckstone produced a 496-night run of Our American Cousin, with Sothern in his most famous role as Lord Dundreary. Robertson's David Garrick was a hit in 1864 with Sothern in the title role. W. S. Gilbert premiered seven of his plays at the Haymarket during this time including his blank verse "fairy comedies" starring the Kendals, such as The Palace of Truth and Galatea and The Wicked World. Buckstone produced Gilbert's dramas and Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith, as well as his 1877 farce Engaged. In 1873 Buckstone introduced the innovation of matinées starting at 2.00 pm. By the mid-1870s, Buckstone's company was disbanding, in 1877, ill and bankrupt after sustaining heavy losses, he gave up management of the theatre.
Buckstone was first married in 1828 to Anne Maria Honeyman, with whom he had at least five children before she died in 1844. For many years, Buckstone was associated with the actress Fanny Copeland Fitzwilliam, widowed in 1852 and whom he was engaged to marry in 1854, she died of