Lady Stair’s Close

On the left is the 17th-century townhouse called Lady Stairs House built in 1622 for Sir William Gray of Pittendrum, an Edinburgh Baronet. It was originally called Lady Gray’s House after the widow of the first proprietor. It was then bought in 1719 by the widow of John Dalrymple (1648 - 1707) the first Earl of Stair, hence its present name.In 1907,the house was given to the royal burgh of Edinburgh, for use as a municipal museum, it now houses The Writers museum. The close also contains Makar’s Court with it’s  inscribed stones to the great names of Scottish Literature.

If Calton Hill is my favorite place to be in Edinburgh during the day, then The Royal Mile is my favorite place at night. This was taken on the Mile just outside St. Giles Cathedral, which I showed the interior of early in my trip. As the name suggests The Royal Mile is about one mile long, but that’s a Scots Mile. Which is longer than an English mile and don’t ask me how it compares to an American mile because I still can’t sort that out. Technically it’s just a name and actually the road that stretches all the way from Edinburgh Castle up on the hill, down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse is actually made up of (west to east) Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, the Canongate and Abbey Strand. During the day it’s quite touristy but at night it’s quieter and easier to imagine one really is back in the 15th to 17th centuries or perhaps even earlier! #blogmanay by kirstenalana

I saw this pic marked up as New Town on googleplus so thought I would point out where it was, I have now learned it is a back street but at least they have changed the demarcation to Old Town! I did add a wee bit more and was only trying to be helpful but with the name she uses should I have expected any less lol

 Lawnmarket as painted by Louise J. Rayner (1832 - 1924)

Lawnmarket was once called the land market and sold land produce here on market days. Later it was associated with linen sales. Note how the footpaths on either side are well stepped up from the thoroughfare/market area, those of us from around town will recognize the ones on the right to be more or less the same as they are today, I don’t know if the left hand side originally looked like that or it is an exaggeration as they look a bit steep. Nowadys the steps look the same either side and the shops are mainly Tartan tat. Gladstones Land museum on the right hand side is wel worth a visit, and The Writers Museum is down, one of the closes.(well three of the closes)

History As well as looking up a lot of people don’t look down either, Edinburgh has so much history and a lot of people just walk on over it not realizing it is there. like these brass plates embedded into the cobbles west of St. Giles’ in Parliament Square, marks the site of the Old Tolbooth Prison. The 400 year old building was demolished in 1817, having served as a boothe for collecting tolls, a council chamber, a court house and squalid prison. Prisoners were executed usually by hanging from the gallows on the site now marked with the Heart of Midlothian