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Wardrop's Court

Lying behind the Lawnmarket in Edinburgh, Wardrop's Court was formed to the east of Lady Stair's Close, following the demolition of tenements in the 1890s which once separated Wardrop's Court from Paterson's Court. Amongst those demolished was the house in which Robert Burns (1759-96) lodged during his first visit to Edinburgh. The open courtyard was created on the instructions of town planner Sir Patrick Geddes (1854 - 1932). To the north of the Court is Blackie House, a 17th Century tenement named after Professor J.S. Blackie (1809-95) and refurbished by Geddes as a student residence for the University of Edinburgh but sold in the 1950s and turned back into private flats. The University still runs the large Mylne's Court complex, just to the west, as residences.

On the western side of Wardrop's Court is the 17th Century Lady Stair's House, now home to the Writer's Museum and the area outside has been designated Makars' Court, commemorating Scottish writers.


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