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Edinburgh, Canongate, General

Burgh (12th Century), General View

Site Name Edinburgh, Canongate, General

Classification Burgh (12th Century), General View

Alternative Name(s) North Back Of Canongate

Canmore ID 52258

Site Number NT27SE 231

NGR NT 2633 7374

NGR Description Centred NT 2633 7374

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

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 188 26 73.

David I granted to the abbey of Holyrood authority to build and enclose a burgh between the abbey and Edinburgh, 1128 x 1153. Canongate was subsequently erected burgh of regality (Bellenden of Auchnoule) in 1587, and again burgh of regality (city of Edinburgh), 1639.

G S Pryde 1965.

Architecture Notes


NMRS Print Room

Inglis Photograph Collection, Acc No 1994/90

Historic procession down the Canongate, Tron steeple in the background, ?George IV.

Edinburgh, 112 Canongate which was Category B Listed was demolished in 1958. Information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.


Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1813. January-June. 18.3.1813.

Pet. Henry Campbell, grocer & spirit dealer.

Head of Canongate.

Minor alterations - shop front.

Plans & elevations (two) encl. Unsigned - Some dispute over original plan.

Sources: Dean of Guild Bundle 1813 January-June 27.5.1813

Pet. Messrs Younger and Caddell and Co, brwers

North Back of Canongate

Plan produced to build stable and ofice house. Unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1813. January-June. 10.6.1813.

Pet. Alexander Hall, wright.

High Street of Canongate immediately below Millers Lodge.

To demolish & rebuild according to plan encl.

Plan & elevation. Unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1815. July-December. 15.7.1813.

Pet. Andrew Ferries, Builder.

Gullions Close, head of Canongate.

Plan and elevation, signed Andrew Ferries ecl.

Two tenements two floors.

Sources: Dean of Guild 23.9.1813

Pet. of Cosmo Falconer, writer, agent for Mr Richard Chalmers.


Repairs to a tenement in an unnamed Close to plans prepared by William Bryce.

Elevation and Plan enclosed. Signed Wm. Bryce.

Sources: Dean of Guild. 24.3.1814.

Pet. John Carfrae, Coachmaker in Canongate.

Canongate, south side of High Street.

Alterations to ground floor;

Plan and elevation.

Sources: Dean of Guild. 2.5.1814.

Pet. David Skae, Builder, and Thomas Field, Slater.

Next to Queensberry House - foot of Canongate, east side of Q.H.

Minor alterations - windows - lower flat.

Elevation of whole tenement, unsigned.

Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1815. July-December. 15.7.1813.

Pet. andrew Ferries, Builder.

Gullions Close, head of Canongate.

Plan and elevation, signed Andrew Ferries ecl.

Two tenements two floors.


Plan of the garden ground lying on the North side of the head of the Canongate. Surveyor: John Wilson.

1745 GD/122/3/1485A

Lighting and paving of the side of the Canongate. Payment of a subscription of 5 guineas. Noted in the personal account book of the 3rd Earl of Breadalbane.

1757 GD/112/21/79

Edinburgh. Alterations to the Marquess of Montrose's Lodging.

Bond by Mr Charles Ross, Writer in Edinburgh, Factor appointed by the Lords of Council and Session for uplifting rents of tenements and houses belonging to Mr John Oliphant, residenter in Canongate. He is to have one of the chambers in the lodging let to James, Marquess of Montrose, the Westmost room in the 2nd storey, floored, and to have 3 glass windows put in the said room.

1706 GD 220/6/915/7

Work by James Runciman, wright. 1744. GD221/65

Debtors Houses. Between Horse Wynd and the Top of Abbey Strand:

National Library of Scotland: Country Life July 28 1928 - Photograph and letter.

Copied from Architecture Catalogue slip:

'ARCHITECT: George Beattie & Son. (Wm. Beattie) c. 1857 addition'

'MISCELLANEOUS: J. G. Dunbar "Building Chronicle" Vol 2 p. 174

March 1857 - text'

Canongate School:

ARCHITECT: George Beattie & Son 1878 (W.H. Beattie)


Dick Peddie & MacKay, Edinburgh new J Dick Peddie 1853-4


St John's Chapel

National Library "St Cecilia's Hall in the Niddry Wynd" Glen 182, Edin 1899, 80. Page 73.


His Majesty's General Register House, Record Office, contains an old Plan of properties in 'High Street of Canongate' between Gibb's Close and Haliburton's Close, shewing Covered Passage. Names of owners of properties are noted. Scale about five-eights inch to 10 feet. No date. Reference "16B...588". and 589."


NMRS: I G Lindsay Coll, W/369


Photographic Survey (October 1965)

Photograpphs of buildings in the Canongate area, Edinburgh, by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Work in October 1965.

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Analysis of the former burgh of Canongate area of Edinburgh as part of a collaboration between the RCAHMS Urban Survey and Industrial Survey Programmes. This involved looking at historical development, topography and present character of the town, generating GIS-based maps of 3 Areas of Townscape Character accompanied by a comprehensive report.

Information from RCAHMS (LK), 1st February 2016


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