NT2674 : Houses on Calton Hill

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Houses on Calton Hill
Houses on Calton Hill
This must surely rank as one of the steepest streets in Edinburgh. The houses were built in the second half of the 18th century. One of those pictured was once the home of Mrs Agnes Maclehose, with whom Robert Burns had a romantic correspondence during his time in Edinburgh. She is better known as 'Clarinda', the name by which Burns addressed her in his letters. I've not been able yet to identify exactly where she lived, but I believe it was in the top flat of the house entered by the blue door. She moved here from Potterrow in 1810, long after her brief liaison with the poet.

NT2673 : Clarinda's grave, Canongate kirkyard

"Princes Street was then [1808] closed at its east end by a line of mean houses running north and south. All to the east of these was a burial ground, of which the southern portion still remains; and the way of reaching the Calton Hill was to go by Leith Street, to its base (as may still be done), and then up the steep, narrow, stinking, spiral street which still remains, and was then the only approach. Scarcely any sacrifice could be too great that removed the houses from the end of Princes Street, and made a level road to the hill, or, in other words, produced Waterloo Bridge." -- Henry Cockburn, Memorials Of His Time, 1856
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Friday, 2 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 July, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 260 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2524N 3:11.1817W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 259 740
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