Lady Stair’s House, situated just off the Lawnmarket, is a fine example of 17th-century townhouse architecture. Named after Lady Stair who bought the building around 1719, the building features a striking stone facade with classical detailing. Lady Stair’s House provides a tangible connection to Edinburgh’s architectural and literary heritage, offering visitors a glimpse into the elegant living spaces of the 17th century.
Lady Stair’s House was gifted to the city for use as a museum in 1907. Today it is home to the Writers’ Museum, a treasure trove of manuscripts, portraits, and personal belongings of some of Scotland’s most celebrated writers, such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The interior spaces retain period features, including ornate plasterwork and a beautifully carved wooden staircase.
In 1890 Patrick Geddes intervened when the building had become dilapidated, persuading Lord Rosebery to pay for its restoration.
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