Edinburgh, Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Lady Stair's House

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Alternative Names Lady Gray's House; 10 North Bank Street
Site Type HOUSE, MUSEUM
Canmore ID 52529
Site Number NT27SE 64
NGR NT 25550 73603
Council EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District CITY OF EDINBURGH
Former County MIDLOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

ARCHITECT: George Shaw Aitken (restoration) 1897
Original house 1622
REFERENCE: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND
Vol II, No 10, "Water Colour Sketches"-Series by Thomas Brown, Advocate Reference-"Adv. MSS.34.8.1-3" -1 view
(Undated) information in NMRS.

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Archaeological Notes

NT27SE 64 25550 73603

(NT 2555 7360) Lady Stair's House, built in 1622 was originally called Lady Gray's House after the widow of the first proprietor. It was purchased in 1719 by their granddaughter Elizabeth, first Countess of Stair, with whom it became identified. It was bought in 1895 by the Earl of Roseberry, restored by him in 1897 and given to the City in 1907 for use as a municipal museum. Built of rubble with freestone dressings, the house is of 3 main storeys and an attic, oblong on plan from either end of which extensions of 1700 have been removed, as well as a wing of 1725 which extended on the W. When these additions were removed, both gables had to be rebuilt, and there is also much modern work on the W side.
RCAHMS 1951; T B Whitson 1910.

No change from previous field report. The building is now in use as a museum.
Visited by OS (S F S) 26 November 1975.

 
Books and References

Aitken, G S (1910) 'Lady Stair's House', Trans Edinburgh Architect Ass, vol.6
Page(s): 123-8

Edinburgh Architectural Association (1922) Details of Scottish domestic architecture: a series of selected examples from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of stonework, woodworn furniture, plasterwork and metalwork, Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS D.4.L

Grant, J ({1882}) Cassell's old and new Edinburgh: its history, its people and its places, 3v London
Held at RCAHMS D.8.3.CAS

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