Archive | April, 2013

Riddle’s Court Nocturne

18 Apr
Riddle's Court

by JW Steel

“The Goodliest House” in Edinburgh’s Old Town has a wonderful, colourful history, although its original owner, Baillie John McMorran, met an untimely death when he was shot dead by 15 year old William Sinclair in a riot.

The gentleman’s mansion originally came w gardens whose footprint encompassed the area we now know as Victoria Street and Terrace.

Hidden behind the irregular and characterful facade, the rooms flow magnificently, revealing rare and beautiful features. The green dining room’s ceiling, as well as telling the building’s narrative, depicts many leaves, plants, and flowers. A Patrick Geddes quote solves the mystery “This is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Wheras the world is a vast leaf colony… and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.” (and hearts)

Riddle’s Court is a unique building, it’s survival remarkable. Today it stands at a crossroads – the SHBT have taken a long lease to try and secure it’s future.

Riddle’s Court

322 Lawnmarket

Edinburgh EH1 2PQ

Opening Times : Thursdays, 2-4pm

Free admission.

SHBT  http://www.shbt.org.uk//index.php?cID=151

Print available to buy in the Geddes Room.

40% will be donated to the SHBT’s fundraising