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Edinburgh, 168 High Street, Con's Close, General

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Site Name Edinburgh, 168 High Street, Con's Close, General

Classification General View

Alternative Name(s) Conn's Close

Canmore ID 116468

Site Number NT27SE 1253

NGR NT 2583 7360

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

Architecture Notes

Now demolished.

Conn's Close is named in RMS (Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, Vols I-XI) 1620 and on Rothiemay 1647, evidently for John Con, flesher, who is mentioned in Town Council Minutes 1508 and noted in "Protocols of John Foular" 1529 as an owner on the south side of the High Street. An alternative name was Steele's Close, but nothing is known about it. The close seems to have lost its direct entry from the High Street in the mid eighteenth century, adn most of it was swept away when Tron Square was developed in 1899, but a fragment of its south entry remains in the Cowgate. (from Stuart Harris, "Place Names of Edinburgh", 1996, page 190)


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