OLD STAMP OFFICE CLOSE
This close gets its name as it once housed the Government Stamp Office
until 1821. The Royal Bank was also located here from 1727 to 1753.
It also contained the home of The Countess of Eglinton and her seven beautiful
daughters. They family would set out to attend dancing assemblies in Assembly
Close each in their own guilded Sedan Chair.
The poet Allan Ramsay
dedicated "The Gentle Shepherd" to her.
close also housed a Tavern called 'Fortune's Tavern' and at one time 'Ship's
Tavern' Where levées were held by the General Assembly's Lord High
Commissioner of 1754.
associated with Bonnie
Prince Charlie attended boarding school here.