George Watson's Ladies' College 150th Anniversary

Welcome to the 150th Anniversary of GWLC

In 2021 it will be 150 years since George Watson’s Ladies’ College was founded.  To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we will be holding events throughout 2021 and 2022 to commemorate and celebrate the Women of Watson’s, which will include among others, a weekend of celebrations on 18 and 19 June 2022 for former pupils of George Watson’s Ladies’ College - the last year group to have attended George Square.

GWLC 150th Anniversary Chronicles

Despite the challenges we have all faced during 2020 and now early in 2021, we are determined that we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of George Watson’s Ladies’ College in style. Even if that means we start our celebrations in 2021 and we are still celebrating in 2022!

Our regular newsletters will keep you informed with our plans each term and how you can be part of our celebrations. Published editions can be read here:

GWLC Chroniches at 150 - Edition 1 December 2020 

GWLC Chronicles at 150 - Edition 2 March 2021 

Find out more and book your place

We will be holding a celebratory weekend of events on 18 and 19 June 2022, for ladies who attended George Square. To find out more about the forthcoming summer events and how to book them, please click here.

Women of Watson's

As we mark 150 years of George Watson’s Ladies’ College, we would like to introduce you to a ‘George Square Girl’ each month. Women whose stories need to be told.

When GWLC opened its doors in 1871, expectations of middle-class women were restricted to them becoming good wives and mothers. Charlotte Ainslie, Head from 1902-1926 was a pupil at George Square soon after it opened. In 1920, as she looked back on the School’s first 50 years, she commented,

‘Our girls were provided with an excellent education and a humane culture quite suited to the very worthy ideal of making a happy home.’ She went on to say,

‘It is only during these recent years that the horizon bounding women’s sphere has been widened… There is no worthy department of human activity in which our girls have not had their share.’

Here then you will find Watson’s Women, whose stories illustrate Charlotte Ainslie’s words.  To read their stories please click here.

The Lost Girls

To ensure as many former pupils of George Watson’s Ladies’ College are invited to our events as possible, we would be grateful for your assistance in finding our “Lost Girls”.  The Lost Girls are former pupils of George Watson’s Ladies’ College, whose contact details are missing from our records.

Please click on the below links to view the list of the missing ladies.  If you are in touch with any of the ladies noted, please do ask them to contact us via our email -,  to ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity to join the celebrations.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2021.

Links to Year Groups (click to access)

1936-1939  (9 Lost Girls remaining)

1940-1949 (52 Lost Girls remaining)

1950-1955 (44 Lost Girls remaining)

1956-1959 (12 Lost Girls remaining)

1960-1965 (111 Lost Girls remaining)

1966-1969 (149 Lost Girls remaining)

1970-1974 (230 Lost Girls remaining)

1975-1982 (202 Lost Girls remaining)

Visit the GWLC 150th Anniversary website