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Publication Account

Date 1951

Event ID 1097826

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


70. Carved Stones, Edinburgh Public Library.

Two 17th-century door-lintels from the Hope mansion, which stood in the Cowgate, have been re-erected over internal doorways in the Library. The one on the second floor is inscribed TECVM HABITA 1616, while the one in the basement bears AT HOSPES HVMO. As they stand these inscriptions are fragmentary, and were clearly meant to be continued on adjoining stones. Cf. Bruce Home, Old Houses in Edinburgh, (unpaged) under “Hope House”; O.E.C., xiv, p. 71; and Alison Dunlop, Anent Old Edinburgh, pp. 1 and 12.


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