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Roman Eagle Hall


(Celtic Lodge Thistle Room)

Roman Eagle Hall is contained within a four-storey 17th century tenement, located between Brodie's and Fisher's Close off the Lawnmarket of Edinburgh. It may have gained its name because it was a showroom for Francis Brodie's furniture-making business and he used the hall to display a notable eagle-borne table he had made for the Duke of Gordon. Francis' son was the infamous Deacon Brodie (1741-88). The hall was certainly the home of the Roman Eagle Masonic Lodge, who met there in the 18th century. The Celtic Lodge bought the premises in 1947 and the hall is now known as the Thistle Room. The hall is notable for its two fine plaster ceilings, dating from 1646, which were restored in 1962. The building is now part of an A-listed group.


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