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Edinburgh, 174 Canongate, Moray House

Bank (Financial) (19th Century), College (19th Century), House (17th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 174 Canongate, Moray House

Classification Bank (Financial) (19th Century), College (19th Century), House (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Free Church Normal School; Institute Of Education; Regent Murray's House; 173, 173-174 Canongate; Music Department

Canmore ID 52312

Site Number NT27SE 29

NGR NT 26375 73747

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 29 26379 73739

Moray House (NR)

OS 1/1250 plan

Built in 1618 for Margaret, Countess of Home.

J H Cockburn 1936.

Moray House: Built by Mary, Dowager Countess of Home, daughter of Lord Dudley, between 1618 and 1633. Became the property of her elder daughter, Margaret, Countess of Moray in 1643, and thenceforth became identified with the Moray Family in whose possession it remained until 1845. Cromwell lived here in 1648 and 1650. Built on L-plan. Additions on East were made during 18th century.

RCAHMS 1951.

(NT 2638 7374) As described above; now in use as School Training College.

Visited by OS (J D) 25 December 1953.

Currently known as 'Moray House' now incorporated in the Training College and under the auspices of Edinburgh Educational Authority. Visited by OS 8 February 1954; Information from R F Landon, City Architects office, Edinburgh.

Architecture Notes

Depicted on the coloured 1st edition of the O.S. 1:1056 scale map (Edinburgh and its Environs, 1854, sheet 36).

Built about 1628. Large house whose forecourt is entered from the Canongate between two high gateposts with sharp pyramidal finials. Main part of the hosue has a gable to the street, and ar first floor level is a balcony supportd by bold corbels. At the side is a semi-octagonal turnpike tower. Interior contains several magnificent plaster ceilings.

REFERENCE - Scottish Record Office

Sale at the Linen Hall.

Advertisement of the sale is decorated with a drawing of Moray House, at that time occupied by The British Linen Bank. (The Linen Hall was in John Street.)



Free Church Normal School building now demolished.


Volume 3 of water colour sketches by Thomas Brown Advocate -1 engraving and sketch showing Moray House


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (16 August 2002)

Crowns couched in strapwork, one above each of the three windows. Above the central window, below the coronet, is a lozenge shield with two lions rampant. There is also a three-dimensional rose on top of the main gable.

The building was built for Mary, widow of the first earl of Home, in the 1620s.

The lions rampant are those of Home and Dudley.

Inspected By : D. King

Inscriptions : None Visible

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : c.1625

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0532)


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