The History of Leith

June 7, 2012

Windsor Street

Windsor Street, a handsome
thoroughfare, built of white freestone, in a simple
but severe style of Greek architecture, with massive
fluted columns at every doorway. No. 23, in the year
1827 became the residence of the well-known Mrs.
Henry Siddons. Previously she had resided at No.
63, York Place, and No. 2, Picardy Place. Three
years after she came to Windsor Street, her twenty one
years’ patent of the old Theatre Royal, which
she had carried on with her brother, W. H. Murray,
as stage manager, came to a close, and on the agth
of March, 1830, this popular and brilliant actress
took her farewell of the Edinburgh stage, in the
character of Lady Towneley in The Provoked Husband,
meaning to spend the remainder of her life
in retirement, leaving the theatre entirely to Mr.
Murray.
She was a beautiful woman, and a charming actress
of a sweet, tender, and pathetic school.
When she took up her residence in Windsor
Street the ground was nearly all meadow land, from
there to Warriston Crescent,says Miss F. A.Kemble,
in her recent ” Reminiscences,” which is rather a
mistake ; but she adds, ” Mrs. Siddons held a peculiar
position in Edinburgh, her widowhood, condition,
and personal attractions combining to win the
sympathy and admiration of its best society, while
her high character and blameless conduct secured
the respect and esteem of her theatrical subjects
and the general public, with whom she was an
object of almost affectionate personal regard.

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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