NT2573 : Lady Stair's House (The Writers' Museum)

taken 6 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Lady Stair's House (The Writers' Museum)
Lady Stair's House (The Writers' Museum)
Originally built in 1622 for Sir Walter Gray, and known as Lady Gray's House, it was acquired in 1719 by Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Stair, from whom the present name derives.
It was purchased in 1895 by the Earl of Rosebery, who was responsible for its rebuilding by George Shaw Aitken in 1897, and he presented it to the City of Edinburgh in 1907 for use as a museum, which it remains today. As the Writers' Museum, it houses collections related principally to the famous Scottish writers Burns, Scott and Stevenson. Listed Category A
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Geograph in Edinburgh 2013
An excursion around the 2013 Geograph conference and AGM in Edinburgh.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 27 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  City, Town centre 
Listed Building (from Tags)
Category A 
Date (from Tags)
1896  1622 
Former (from Tags)
Dwelling 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2555 7360 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9785N 3:11.6249W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 25565 73596
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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