The History of Leith

March 16, 2011

Mansion in the Kirkgate

At the corner of Coatfield land in the Kirkgate there stands a great Mansion having a handsnome front to the east ,exhibiting some curious examples the debased Gothic architecture which prevailed in the reign of James VI. From its subsequent ‘ noble proprietors, it beats still the name of Balmerino House; but long before they acquired the
property here it was built by John Stewart, Earl of Carrick, second son of Sir Robert Stewart of Slrathdon (a natural son of James V., by Euphemia,daughter of Lord Elphinstone), and who was created Karl of Orkney by James VI. in 1581
(Stuart’s ” Hist. Royal Fam”)

The house was built in 1631, two years before John, the second son of Robert, was created Earl of Carrck by Charles I., after being previously created Lord Kincleven by James VI. in 1607. He was a win of high attainments, and married Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Charles, Earl of Nottingham, and died in the year 1652, leaving only
one daughter, Lady Margaret Stewart. (Collins Peerage,” &c)

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