The History of Leith

February 23, 2012

Croft-an-Righ and Clockmill House-Holyrood

The “History of Holyrood,” published in 1821, states that the old house of Croft-an-Righ, an edifice of the sixteenth century, had been the residence of the Regent Moray, and with its garden
was “gifted, along with several of the adjoining properties, by James VI. to a favourite servant of the name of French.” For repairing the house and making it suitable for the keeper of the royal
gardens, Government paid £420 in 1859. At thesame time £840 was paid for the re-purchase of Queen Mary’s Bath, with the tenement thereunto adjoining and now removed. Eastward of Croft-an-
Righ House, there stood, until it was removed as unsightly, another old mansion, gloomy, dark, and quadrangular, named the Clockmill House, surrounded by ancient trees.* Long anterior to its existence the locality is referred to in a process before the Supreme Court, 7th May, 1569, concerning the privilege of sanctuary,
if’s BATH. “fra the Girth Corse doun to the Clokisrwne Mylne.”
Before that tribunal (as quoted from the Ada Dom. Condlii et Sessionis), it is stated that “our Soverane Lordis predecessouris, Kingis of Scot- and, for the tyme, has of auld, at the foundation
Df the said Abbey of Halirudhouse, grantit the privilige of the Girth (protection and sanctuary) to the hail boundis of the said Abbey, and to that part of the burghe of the Cannogait, fra the
Girth Corse (cross) down to the Clokisrwne Mylne, juhilk privilige has bene inviolablie observit to all nanner of personis cumond wytin the boundes aforsaid, not committand the crymes expresslie
exceptit for all maner of girth, and that in all tymes bigane past memorie of man.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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