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Edinburgh, Glenallan Drive, Inch House

Community Centre (Modern), House (Period Unassigned), Sundial(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Glenallan Drive, Inch House

Classification Community Centre (Modern), House (Period Unassigned), Sundial(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Community Centre; Glenallan Drive; Old Dalkeith Road; Gilmerton Road

Canmore ID 52547

Site Number NT27SE 80

NGR NT 27676 70820

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 80.00 27676 70820

NT27SE 80.01 276 708 Garden

NT27SE 80.02 27709 70836 Craigmillar Sundial

NT27SE 80.03 27772 70904 Gate in North Garden Wall

NT27SE 80.04 27822 70840 Gate in South Garden Wall

NT27SE 80.05 27712 70754 Facet-Head Sundial

NT27SE 80.06 27758 70861 Multiform Sundial

(NT 2767 7080) Inch (NR)

OS 6" map, (1966)

Inch House occupies a low-lying situation, on an island or inch in an area flooded by water, entrance originally being by a drawbridge.

The original house forms the E angle of the present mansion; it was an L-planned structure of three storeys and an attic, built in 1617 by James Winram. He added a low outbuilding of two floors in 1634. The old building is of rubble and is rough-cast. Several windows have been inserted, others enlarged. The main block was extended SW in the 19th century.

G MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1951.

This building is generally as described. It is still in use as a Community Centre.

Visited by OS (S F S) 3 December 1975.

There are two wall sundials over the bay window above the front door, visible in collection item A 11469 or SC 587478.

(A Cassells, 26 November 2009).

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 80.00 27676 70820


MacGibbon and Ross (main entrance)


Edinburgh Corporation

Carved stones built on from town house of the Little family in Liberton's Wynd



W Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection 1997/39

exterior view


GD 122/3/857

Report on the state of Inch House. Compiled for Walter Little Gibson. It is reported to be habitable although doors and panes of glass are missing, a stair is in bad repair, the North Wing is in poor condition and the wall of the laundry rotten. Signed bu John Kerr and James Brown. Volume. Craigmillar Papers. Addenda 1556 - 1807 (page 22)


GD 122/iv/no.122

Statuary marble chimney piece for the Inch. Account from Robert Burn and Co. for 64.19.6 (pounds). Liberton Papers - household accounts 1702 - 1823 (page 81)


GD 122/iv/no.121

Erection of a cine house at the Inch. Measurement and account for mason and wright work from John Hay. It amounts to 291.9.4 1/4 (pounds). Liberton Papaers - household accounts 1702 - 1823

GD 122/iv/no.125

The Gateway at the Inch. Account from Thomas Ha for wrought iron gate. Liberton Papers - household accounts 1702 - 1823 (page 81)


GD 122/iv/no.138

Ornamental Gate with a circular top at the Inch. Account for the gate and for two cast metal columns with vases, from Ritchie and Kidd. Liberton Papers - household accounts 1702 - 1823 (page 82)


GD 122/iv/no.124

Measurement and account of Mason work for the Mushroom House at the Inch. Mason: John Bain . Liberton Papers - household Accounts 1702 - 1823 (page 81)


GD 122/iv/no.126

The porter's lodge at the Inch. Account for the lodge on the Dalkeith Road. Mason: John Bain. Liberton Papers - household accounts 1792 - 1823 (page 81)


GD 122/3/1374

Specification for the new West approach to Inch House. Signed by Peter Gibson and Andrew Archibald. Volume. Craigmillar Papers. Addenda 1556 - 1807 (page 42)


GD 122/Box 27

Proposed addition to Inch House. Letters (2) from (George) Smith, Architect (1793 - 1877) to Mrs Gilmour concerning thr Entrance Hall and additional bedrooms. He explains that the Entrance will be from the West End opposite the Avenue leading to the house and consequently the oriel window will have a good effect.


GD 122/iv/no.36

Account for the painting of Coats of Arms, crests, mottos and a "mosyock border within a green gold floured ornament". Signed James Norrie, junior. Liberton Papers - household account 1702 - 1823

1735 - 1736.

GD 122/iv/no.121

Erection of a vine house. Measurement and account, mason and wright work from John Hay. Amount 29.9.4 1/4 (pounds). Liberton Papers - household accounts 1702 - 1823


GD 122/3/830 (a)

The Great Gate at the Inch. Contract between Sir Alexander Gilmour on the one part and William Miln, mason, on the other to build a Great Gate at the Inch consisting of '2 square columns, each column 2 feet square fronting 3 days - done all of polished work to be 15'8" high from base to cornice with 2 finishings being 2 pineapples each 2 1/2' in diameter - more if the stone can be got'. Volume. Craigmillar Papers. Addenda 1556 - 1807 (page 50).


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 (28 January 2002)

Within the pediment of the ornate entrance to Inch House is a large coat of arms composed of a shield decorated with: three writing pens, a saltire, three boars' heads, three writing pens (1st and 4th quarters); two boars' heads, a decorative pattern, one boar's head (2nd and 3rd quarters). Above the shield is a helmet with closed visor, surmounted by a raised right hand holding a scroll of papers, within a laurel wreath. To either side are large leaves.

Above the pillars framing the entrance are two cartouches. The one on the left is decorated with a saltire, the one on the right with three writing pens (quills).

Above the first floor windows are a row of lion head water spouts attached to drain pipes.

The original house was built for James Winram, Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, in 1617. In 1660 the house was aquired by the Gilmours. In 1891 they emplyed MacGibbon & Ross to restore it.

The coat of arms of the Gilmours of Craigmillar consists of three writing pens (quills), a raised dexter (right) hand holding a scroll of papers within a garland of laurel, and the motto Nil penna, sed usus.

Inspected By : Joan M. Kennedy

Inscriptions : Below coat of arms: NIL PENNA SED USUS [= Not the pen, but custom. The motto of the Gilmours]

Above first floor bay window above entrance (raised letters): NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA

At the top of the sundial on the left of the bay window: AS THE SUMMER [?] SO DEATH COMES

At the top of the sundial on the right of the bay window: HORAS NON MEROMISI SERENAS

Above the dormer windows (x4), from left to right (raised letters and numbers):

R / GG A / 18 D / 92 S / GG

Signatures : None

Design period : 1891-1892

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0934)


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