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

House, Museum

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

Classification House, Museum

Alternative Name(s) Lady Gray's House; 10 North Bank Street

Canmore ID 52529

Site Number NT27SE 64

NGR NT 25550 73603

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology 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.

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: George Shaw Aitken (restoration) 1897

Original house 1622


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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