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General view of Huntly House Museum, 142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, from NE.

DP 158595

Description General view of Huntly House Museum, 142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, from NE.

Date 24/7/2013

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 158595

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content This shows 16th- and 17th-century Huntly House, now the Museum of Edinburgh, which comprises three 16th-century tenements, amalgamated into one house by John Acheson in 1570. The name of the property comes from when George, 1st Marquis of Huntly stayed here in 1636. The building was extended for the guild of the Incorporation of Hammermen later in the 17th century by Robert Mylne. This group of buildings were acquired by Edinburgh City in 1924 and Frank C Mears carried out extensive restoration work in 1927-32. The 17th-century 142 Canongate (the yellow-harled building to the left of Huntly House) was restored by Ian Gordon Lindsay in 1962-5 and incorporated into the museum. The main section of Huntly House is three-storeyed, with attic within three wide gables onto the street frontage. The ground floor is rubble, while the first floor is ashlar stonework, with the second and attic floors being harled and whitewashed. The second and attic floors are timber-built and jettied out above the lower floors. The adjoining 142 Canongate has a red-painted ground floor shop-style frontage, with upper floors harled in an ochre shade. There is a timber-balustraded balcony on the north-eastern corner of this section at second-floor level. There are five Latin inscriptions picked out in gold lettering above the deep bracketed stringcourse between the ground and first floors of the main part of Huntly House. Four date from the 16th century while the fifth dates from the Frank Mears restoration and is dated 1932.


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