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Edinburgh, 186 High Street

Shop (Period Unassigned), Tenement (19th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 186 High Street

Classification Shop (Period Unassigned), Tenement (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Cowgate; Borthwick's Close

Canmore ID 115469

Site Number NT27SE 1172

NGR NT 25813 73602

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Architecture Notes

(Lord) Borthwick's Close is mentioned as Lord Borthwick's Close in Town Council Minutes 1514 and as Borthwick's Close in RMS (Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, Vols I-XI) 1537, and was named for the Lord Borthwick who built a house on the west side of the upper part of the close in about 1450. Along with the Horse Wynd and the Potterrow it may have formed one of the earliest routes into Edinburgh from the South. (from Stuart Harris, "Place Names of Edinburgh", 1996, page 105)


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