Once 'a steep, narrow stinking ravine' from the
commercial heyday of this poultry and fishmarket.
Home also to the City Hangman or 'Doomster', the last
being a John High who died in 1817.
George Heriot, benefactor and founder of the Hospital
and School which bear his name, lived here in 1586.
Daniel Defoe is also rumoured to have worked here
as a secret agent to the English Government at the Treaty of Union
The head of the close was for many years a station for
a primitive fire engine dragged out by rope in the event
Fishmarket Close leads to The