Edinburgh, Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Lady Stair's House
- Council Edinburgh, City Of
- Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
- Former Region Lothian
- Former District City Of Edinburgh
- Former County Midlothian
(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.
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.