the Back of this decorative close was the Tweeddale
mansion occupied by Dame Margaret Kerr,
daughter of the 1st Earl of Lothian.
the mansion became the Head Office of the British Linen
Bank. large sums of cash were transfered to and from
by the Banks Porters.
In 1806 one such porter, William Begbie, was robbed and
murderer ambushed Begbie and had used a piece of paper
on the knife so no blood would be spattered, escaping
through the close and disappearing amongst the crowds
on the high street. They were never caught and the money, £4,392
was never recovered.
1817 until 1973 the building was occupied by Oliver & Boyd
was restored in the 1980s and in 1984 the Scottish Poetry
Library was established.
interesting feature is the original wrought iron gates
and a shelter for sedan chairs which were used to carry
the richer citizens above the filthly streets.