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.

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
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