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Edinburgh, High Street, The Black Turnpike

House (16th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, High Street, The Black Turnpike

Classification House (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Auld Bishop Of Dunkeld's Lodging; Mary Queen Of Scots' House

Canmore ID 52482

Site Number NT27SE 432

NGR NT 2591 7363

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 432 2590 7363

The Black Turnpike, also known as the 'Auld Bishop of Dunkeld's Ludging', was built in 1461 on the S side of High Street immediately W of where the Tron Kirk now stands. It was demolished in 1788 to make way for Hunter Square and Blair Street. An inscribed door-lintel which appears to have come from this house is preserved at Abbotsford.

J Grant 1882; D Wilson 1890; C B B Watson 1940; RCAHMS 1951.

No trace.

Visited by OS (JLD) 26 December 1953.

Architecture Notes

Town house of Sir Simon Preston in 1567. Then situated West of the Tron Church.


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