NT2573 : Davie Hume's front door

taken 6 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Davie Hume's front door
Davie Hume's front door
A preserved doorway at the foot of a stair-tower in Riddle's Court. The lintel bears the date 1726. This was the entrance to the first Edinburgh home of David Hume, the celebrated 18th-century philosopher, whom some regard as the greatest figure in the history of Western philosophy since the Ancients. I'd love to know how many famous figures of the age crossed this threshold. Hume and his coterie were well known for their love of claret, oysters and conversation in the taverns of Old Edinburgh, and I suspect some of them stumbled through this doorway after many an evening of conviviality and carousing. Hume later moved to James' Court on the opposite side of the Lawnmarket. His house there, which was bought by James Boswell when Hume moved to the New Town in 1771, was destroyed by fire in 1857.

"Mr Hume, I think, is a very proper person for a young man to cultivate an acquaintance with; though he has not, perhaps, the most delicate taste, yet he has applied himself with great attention to the study of the ancients, and is likeways a great historian, so that you are not only entertained in his company, but may reap a great deal of useful instruction." -- James Boswell
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Date Taken
Friday, 30 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2555 7353 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9408N 3:11.6237W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2555 7353
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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