after the meat market which was situated here which led
to a slaughterhouse at the side of the Nor' Loch. Four
times Lord Provost, David Aitkenhead, lived here giving
his title to the close.
Other notable figures who took lodgings here include Henry
Dundas, later Viscount Melville and William Creech the publisher.
close leads to Market
Street and was cut through by Cockburn
Street when it was built in 1855-60.
Close' is the title of contemporary Edinburgh writer's
Ian Rankin's number one bestselling book in his series
of 'Rebus' novels.