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North Gray's Close

A steeply sloping passageway which extends north for 100m (340 feet) from the High Street to Jeffrey Street, in the Old Town of Edinburgh, North Gray's Close lies between Bishop's Close to the west and Morrison's Close to the east. It once extended further, reaching Holy Trinity Church which was removed to build Waverley Railway Station. The name dates from c.1480 when Alexander Gray, who was a Burgess of Edinburgh, owned property here. There is no connection with South Gray's Close, the 'North' and 'South' being adopted in the later 18th C. to distinguish two closes with the same name. Old St. Paul's Church is located between North Gray's Close and Carrubber's Close, which in the 17th and 18th centuries was noted for its links to Jacobite sympathisers.


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