The History of Leith

May 2, 2012

Mary of Guise Mansion

On Mary of Guise and Lorraine choosing Leith
as an occasional residence, she is stated by Maitland to
have erected a dwelling-house in the Rotten
Row, near the corner of the present Quality Street,
and that the royal arms of Scotland, which were
in front thereof, were, when it was taken down,
rebuilt into the wall of a mansion opposite, ” and
the said Mary, for the convenience of holding
councils, erected a spacious and handsome edifice
for her privy council to meet in.”
This is supposed to refer to a stately house on
the Coal Hill (facing the river)

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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