Royal Scottish Geographical Society

(Lord John Murray's Stables)

Lord John Murray's House, Perth
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Lord John Murray's House, Perth

A B-listed late-18th century construction, located in Curfew Row in the North Port of Perth, Lord John Murray's Stables lie next to the Fair Maid's House and opposite the Perth Concert Hall. The much-altered building, which now comprises two rubble storeys, an attic and slate roof with small dormer windows, had once served as the stables of Lord John Murray's townhouse which lay nearby. The arcaded-frontage, which is in-filled by modern windows, may be a rare survival from a mediaeval merchant's house. It lay derelict for many years, but was restored in the 1980s, subsequently served variously as offices for companies, lawyers and local politicians before becoming the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 2008. The Society, which is the foremost charity in Scotland promoting an understanding of the natural environment and human societies through education, research and expeditions, was established in Edinburgh in 1884.

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