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Edinburgh, 146 Canongate, Huntly House

House (16th Century), Museum (20th Century), Tenement (16th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 146 Canongate, Huntly House

Classification House (16th Century), Museum (20th Century), Tenement (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Huntly House Museum; Bakehouse Close; 142, 152, 154 Canongate; Acheson Court; Slater's Court

Canmore ID 52526

Site Number NT27SE 61

NGR NT 26435 73773

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 61 26439 73768.

(NT 2643 7377) Huntly House: Erroneously identified as the "lodging" of George, 6th Earl and 1st Marquess of Huntly (1576-1636) and consequently known as Huntly House. It is a dwelling-house, probably erected in the early 16th century and renovated in 1570 and further again during the 17th century.

RCAHMS 1951.

As described above; in good condition.

Visited by OS (J D) 26 December 1953.

Still known as 'Huntly House.' Now a museum.

Visited by OS 8 February 1954; Information from R F Landon, City Architect's Office, Edinburgh.

No change from previous field report

Visited by OS (S F S) 2 December 1975.

Architecture Notes

Depicted on the coloured 1st edition of the O.S. 1:1056 scale map (Edinburgh and its Environs, 1854, sheet 30).

See also: "Romantic Edinburgh" by Lewis Spence

NMRS Print Room

154 Canongate

1 exterior

11 different interior views (1 duplicated - 12 prints)

Inglis Photograph Collection

Acc No 1994/90


National Library: Country Life, April 7th 1934


Sources: Dean of Guild. Bundle 1807. January-May. 5.3.1807.

Pet. of Alexander Munro, builder in Ed.

Huntly House.

Small alterations - window converted to door with stairs to first flat.

Plans & elevations - unsigned. [1807. P.O. Directory. alex Munro, Builder, opp.

Canongate Church].

NT27SE 61.01 26436 73761 Sundial


Watching Brief (September 1998)

NT 2644 7377 A watching brief was carried out in September 1998 on a hole excavated by contractors to insert a roof support beam in the kitchen area of Huntly House to the W of the pend of Bakehouse Close, Canongate. A subsoil of compact clayey sand with some flecks of coal and chips of whinstone was found at a depth of 0.3m below the floor surface (limit of excavation). This deposit appeared to overlie an outcrop of whinstone bedrock, and contained no datable finds.

Sponsor: Edinburgh City Museums.

D Henderson 1999

Trial Trench (4 August 2014 - 8 August 2014)

A trial trench evaluation comprising three hand excavated test pits along the length of the courtyard to the rear of Huntly House recorded a limited number of features. Below the west property boundary wall in Trench 3 a midden pit was found containing fragments of glazed and unglazed Scottish White Gritty Ware pottery this is likely to date from the medieval period and may be associated with an earlier layout of property boundaries. A putative kerb or paving remnant and post-hole recorded in Trench 2 may be associated with more recent activity on the site. Shallow make-up deposits were found overlying natural towards the north end of the site and buried garden soils survived to the south end of the site.

Information from Alan Hunter Blair (GUARD Archaeology Limited) 30 October 2014. OASIS ID: guardarc1-192835


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