Listed Building

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HIGH STREET, 3 ADVOCATE'S CLOSE ('ADAM BOTHWELL'S HOUSE')LB29053

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
14/12/1970
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25686 73632
Coordinates
325686, 673632

Description

Circa 1630. Narrow 4-storey 6-bay building, apsidal-ended to N. Rubble construction (formerly harled). Windows to each face of canted N gable, those to 4th floor breaking eaves with carved segmental pediments (see Notes) with thistle finials.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates.

Statement of Special Interest

Although commonly known as Adam Bothwell's House, Bishop Bothwell died in 1593, and the likelihood is that the house was built for Sir William Dick of Braid, wealthy merchant and Lord Provost. The apsidal N end shows clearly on William Edgar's 1742 plan Quotations from Ovid and Horace in window pediments; central pediment reads NIHIL EST EX OMNI PARTE BEATUM, the E pediment EXITUS ACTA PROBAT.

References

Bibliography

MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1892) p 469 fig 1051. Bruce J Home OLD HOUSES IN EDINBURGH (circa 1910). RCAHMS INVENTORY, EDINBURGH (1951) No 20. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 202.

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