FEATURED in Canon DSLR 14-06-2013
FEATURED in A Place To Call Home 15-06-2013

Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Lens: @ 20mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f5.6, Shutter: 1/250

White Horse Close is an enclosed courtyard off the Canongate at the foot of the Royal Mile at the eastern end of the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. This was the site of the Royal Mews in the sixteenth century, and was later known as ’Davidson’s Clos’e and ’Ord’s Close’, after after Laurence Ord, the putative builder of the 17th-century inn at its northern end. The picturesque Close acquired its current name when Ord rebuilt the existing tenement and erected an Inn, which he named the ‘White Horse Inn’ in honour of Queen Mary’s favourite white palfrey that was stabled here. The inn was the departure point for the stagecoaches that ran between Edinburgh, Newcastle and London in the 18th century. Five arches on the Calton Road side of the building (previously known as the North Back of the Canongate) indicate the former existence of an undercroft which contained the inn’s stables, smithy and coach houses. These were accessed from the rear of the building at a considerably lower ground level compared with the courtyard of the close. A small descending flight of steps and narrow pend still connects the courtyard with the rear of the inn building. Tradition maintains that Jacobite officers were billeted in the close during Bonnie Prince Cahrlie’s occupation of nearby Holyrood Palace during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. A wall plaque inside the close also records it as the birthplace in 1793 of William Dick, son of a farrier, who founded the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1823.


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Christine Smith

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature in ‘Canon DSLR’ Kathy. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    One of my favourite backwater places in Edinburgh, super shot …

  • Thanks so much Tom, for both your comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 1 year ago

    So beautiful…

  • Thanks so much for the feature in ‘A Place To Call Home’ Lori. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Robyn.

    – Christine Smith

  • walela
    walelaover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot and interesting history

  • Thank you very much Walela.

    – Christine Smith

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