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Edinburgh, 140 Cowgate

House (19th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 140 Cowgate

Classification House (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hangman's House; Jock Scott's; Old Fishmarket Close

Canmore ID 121314

Site Number NT27SE 1745

NGR NT 2582 7348

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

Hangman's Close was named for the public lockman or executioner. In 1861, John Whyt, the "gude toun's lockman", built himself a house is Fishmarket Close "on the East side of the dwelling formerly possessed by him". (from Stuart Harris, "Place Names of Edinburgh", 1996, page 323)


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