WHITE HORSE CLOSE
was the site of the Royal Mews in the sixteenth century, and was later
known as Davidson's Close and Laurence Ord's Close.
The picturesque White Horse Close acquired its current name when Ord rebuilt
the existing tenement and erected an Inn, which he named in honour of
Queen Mary's white palfrey.
1745 the inn acted as a headquarters for Jacobite officers, while Bonnie
Prince Charlie resided at Holyrood Palace.
close was also once home to William Dick (1793-1866), who founded the
Royal School of Veterinary Studies in 1823.