The History of Leith

September 29, 2012

The Candlemaker Row

The Candlemaker Row is simply the first portion
of the old way that led from the Grassmarket and
Cowgate-head, where Sir John Inglis resided in
1784, to the lands of Bristo, and thence on to
Powburn ; and it was down this way that a portion
of the routed Flemings, with Guy of Namur at their
head, .fled towards the Castle rock, after their
defeat on the Burghmuir in 1335.
In Charles I.’s time a close line of street with a
great open space behind occupied the whole of the
east side, from the Greyfriars Port to the Cowgatehead.
The west side was the boundary wall of the
churchyard, save at the foot, where two or three
houses appear in 1647, one of which, as the Cunzie
Nook, is no doubt that referred to by Wilson as
” a curious little timber-fronted tenement, surmounted
with antique crow-steps ; an open gallery
projects in front, and rude little shot-windows admit
the light to the decayed and gloomy chambers
therein.” This, we presume, to be the Cunzie’Nook,
a place where the Mint had no doubt been established
at some early period, possibly during some
of the strange proceedings in the Regency of Mary
of Guise, when the Lords of the Congregation
“past to Holyroodhous, and tuik and intromettit
with the ernis of the Cunzehous.”

source-Old and New Edinburgh

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