NT2571 : Lauder Griffin, the Grange

taken 12 years ago, near to Morningside, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Lauder Griffin, the Grange
Lauder Griffin, the Grange
One of two sculpted pillars surmounted by wyverns, set 100 yards apart in Grange Loan. Known locally as the 'Lauder Griffins', these are the last remains of the mansion house which gave the area its name. Records show that the grange of St Giles, i.e. a farmhouse on church-held land, existed in the reign of David I in the 12th century, but may have been founded earlier. After the Scottish Reformation it was gradually modernised by secular owners. In 1731 it came into the possession of the Lauder family who commissioned the architect William Playfair to transform it into a residential mansion between 1827 and 1832. Visitors to the Grange included Bonnie Prince Charlie, while resident at Holyrood in 1745, and, later in the century, David Hume, Robert Fergusson and Henry Mackenzie when its tenant was Professor William Robertson, Principal of the University and Provost of the City. The house, increasingly unoccupied after 1848, fell into decay and was finally demolished in 1936. The 'griffins' on the entrance gateway, believed to date from the early 1700s, were saved. Walter Scott, when a young High School pupil, is said to have climbed one to check whether its tongue was of "veritable paint or veritable fire". Today the Grange is one of Edinburgh's most desirable residential areas.

The other Griffin is pictured here NT2671 : Lauder Griffin, Grange Loan
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Date Taken
Monday, 1 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 2 June, 2009
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 259 715 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.8881N 3:11.2168W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 259 715
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