Places to Visit in Scotland
- Lady Stair's House and Writers' Museum, Edinburgh
Just off the Lawnmarket (a stretch of the Royal Mile> which runs from Edinburgh Castle> to the Palace of Holyroodhouse>) is Lady Stair's House. This was built in 1622 for a William Grey of Pittendrum who had the words "Feare The Lord and Depart From Evil" carved above the door along with his initials and those of his wife, Geida Smith (WG &GS). William Grey installed an early form of burglar defence in his house - the height of each of the main steps is uneven, making it difficult to run up and down them!
The building was later bought by Lady Stair in 1719 and the building now bears her name. The exterior of the building was much modified in the 19th century with a balconied tower and stonework. It now belongs to the City of Edinburgh and has been turned into a Writers' Museum dedicated to three of Scotland's most famous writers - Robert Burns> (who stayed in a house opposite during his first visit to Edinburgh in 1786), Sir Walter Scott> and Robert Louis Stevenson>. It is crammed with pictures, etchings, busts and memorabilia of the three writers, including bibles, pipes and walking sticks. From time to time the Museum runs special exhibitions on one of the three writers. Regrettably, you are not allowed to take photographs inside the Musem.
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