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January to December 1804

The Court Officers from 27 October 1803:

Dean of Guild
John Muir

Council
Mr. Walker, Old Dean of Guild
[James] Waddell, merchant 
[John] Fairbairn, merchant
Thomas Hamilton sen., mason
John Thin, mason


Procurator Fiscal, William Sprott
Clerk of the Court, C. Cunningham
Court Officer, Robert Wemys


BOX: 1804/1
WARRANT GRANTED: 12 January 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 13 December 1803.
PETITIONER: Alexander Neilson, factor on the estate of Stephen Jollie, wright in Leith.
SITE: Leith, Laurie’s Close.
PROPOSAL: Repairs.
NOTES: Estimates included from Russel and Anderson (mason work) and Walter Bruce & Sons (wright work).
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/2
WARRANT GRANTED: 26 January 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 18 January 1804.
PETITIONER: John Chisholm, smith.
SITE: Hasties Close.
PROPOSAL: To demolish and re-build part of a tenement.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 25.5 x 28.2 cms.
Watermarks: R Collins 1801

BOX: 1804/3
WARRANT GRANTED: 26 January 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 22 September 1803.
PETITIONER: Peter Hewat, baker in George Street.
SITE: Corner of George Street and Hanover Street.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, conversion of sunk floor to a shop.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan, and elevation of two floors.
Size: 33.5 x 23.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/4
WARRANT GRANTED: 26 January 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 31 December 1801?
PETITIONER: Robert Sheriff, merchant in Leith.
SITE: St. John Street, Leith. [now John's Place]
PROPOSAL: To build two houses.
NOTES: This is a very long and involved case with many documents here.
DRAWINGS: 4 sheets

Description: a. Plan and elevation of two houses to front St. John Street.
Size: 48.0 x 29.5 cms.
Watermarks: IV 1796


Description: b. Ground plan, showing Constitution Street and common sewer. With a lengthy key.
Size: 30.5 x 18.5
Inscriptions, recto: No. 5. Mr Sligo and Mr. Milne's houses.

Description: c. Plan of sewers.
Size: 25.7 x 20.2 cms.
Watermarks: 1799

Description: d. Plan of Mr. Sligo’s house and surrounding area.
Size: 44.0 x 63.0 cms.
Watermarks: E & [S?]

BOX: 1804/5
WARRANT GRANTED: 9 February 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 4 February 1804.
PETITIONER: Thomas Chalmers, smith in Potterrow, John Millar, builder, John Ritchie, slater and Messrs Brown, Anderson & Co.
SITE: Lothian Street, corner with Horse Wynd.
PROPOSAL: A drain.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan of the area showing proposed drain.
Size: 37.2 x 47.0 cms.
Watermark: Countermark, C 1809

BOX: 1804/6
WARRANT GRANTED: 1 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 9 February 1804.
PETITIONER: George Anderson, residing in Oxgangs.
SITE: Foot of Leith Wynd, opposite Trinity Hospital. Enclosed on the east by the town wall.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, to enlarge a door in the wall to the east.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/7
WARRANT GRANTED: 8 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 17 September 1802.
PETITIONER: John Sutherland, glazier.
SITE: Geddes Close.
PROPOSAL: Repair to roof and chimney.
NOTES: Also lodged with this petition: Sasine in favour of Charles Gray, dated 1691; Sasine in favour of Charles and Marion Bell dated 1739; Disposition in favour of Charles Gray dated 1717; Disposition in favour of Elizabeth Gray dated 1749 and Disposition by Charles and Marion Bell in favour of Robert Good, dated 1749.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/8
WARRANT GRANTED: 10 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 10 May 1802.
PETITIONER: George Fife, coppersmith in Leith.
SITE: Leith [Queen Street?].
PROPOSAL: Repairs to the roof of a tenement.
NOTES: See further petition by Fife for this site, 24 May 1804.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/9
WARRANT GRANTED: 22 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 12 March 1804.
PETITIONER: William Ranken, tailor.
SITE: Old Custom House stair.
PROPOSAL: Repairs to floors.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/10
WARRANT GRANTED: 22 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 25 January 1804.
PETITIONER: William Watson, upholsterer in Canongate.
SITE: Canongate head, south side, Fife's land.
PROPOSAL: Cognose accounts for demolition and rebuilding of a tenement.
NOTES: The tenement had been purchased from the Managers of the Charity Workhouse. The petitioner had applied on 27 May 1802 to demolish the property and after considerable opposition, a warrant was granted on 9 September 1802 to rebuild. The work was to be overseen by William Guthrie, ordained measurer. There are accounts/measures here from Daniel Wright for slater work, Thomas Clephane, painter which includes an amount for lead on the windows and skylights, countersigned by John Thin, William Watson for wright work, William Fortune for pailings and windows[?] and John Baillie for mason work. There is a report by Thomas Hamilton and John Thin on estimates for re-building which they modified slightly.
DRAWINGS: 4 sheets with warrant granted on 9 September 1802.

BOX: 1804/11
WARRANT GRANTED: 29 March 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 17 March 1804.
PETITIONER: George Peattie, bookseller in Leith.
SITE: Shore, Leith.
PROPOSAL: Alteration to doors and windows in sunk floor.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation of entire tenement..
Size: 27.9 x 19.4 cms.

BOX: 1804/12
WARRANT GRANTED: 5 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 28 March 1804.
PETITIONER: John Chisholm, smith.
SITE: Hasties Close.
PROPOSAL: Addition of further floor, to plan submitted on 26 January 1804.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/13
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 22 June 1803.
PETITIONER: John Wilkinson, changekeeper in Leith.
SITE: North Leith, opposite Mr. Smith’s dry dock.
PROPOSAL: To demolish and rebuild a tenement.
NOTES:
Warrant to build granted on 8 September 1803. The delay between warrant to build and this, may have been caused by a dispute about expences.
DRAWINGS: 3 sheets.

Description: a. Plan and elevation of tenement.
Size: 46.0 x 22.0 cms.
Architect: [George Anderson?].

Description: b. Plan of tenement and ground plan.
Size: 46.0 x 22.0 cms.
Architect: [George Anderson?].

Description: c. Plan of area.
Size: 52.5 x 32.2 cms [irregular].

BOX: 1804/14
WARRANT GRANTED: 12 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 12 April 1804?
PETITIONER: Alexander Fyfe, merchant.
SITE: Corner of Leith Walk and Union Place [Picardy Place].
PROPOSAL: To build a tenement of six houses in each street.
NOTES: This is part of a triangular island in Picardy Place, demolished in 1969. 
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Plan.
Size: 35.1 x 54.0 cms.

Description: b. Elevation to Leith Walk.
Size: 24.5 x 37.5 cms.
Watermarks: L 1802

BOX: 1804/15
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 4 April 1804?
PETITIONER: Alexander Giles, cabinet maker and house carpenter.
SITE: College Wynd.
PROPOSAL: To demolish and rebuild an old carpenter’s workshop in the back ground.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan of area and elevation to the west.
Size: 52.5 x 36.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/16
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 19 April 1804.
PETITIONER: Leith Banking Company.
SITE: Bernard Street, Leith.
PROPOSAL: To build a new bank.
NOTES: Mentions a previous petition [not recorded here] and a dispute in which John Paterson, architect and John Baxter, builder, acted as arbiters. Their report is mentioned but is not here.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 47.5 x 30.0 cms.
Architect: [John Paterson].

BOX: 1804/17
WARRANT GRANTED: 26 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 5 April 1804.
PETITIONER: The Procurator Fiscal versus William Scott, wright.
SITE: North College Street.
PROPOSAL: Complaint, Scott is blocking the street with timber.
NOTES: “…and the said Street is also made a nuisance by children and others, easing themselves, on or about the planks of timber”. Defender was absent so Procurator Fiscal given warrant to sell the offending timber at a public roup.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/18
WARRANT GRANTED: 5 April 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 8 March 1804?
PETITIONER: George Sandeman, for the Independent Congregational Church.
SITE: High Street, between Chalmer’s and Barringer’s Closes.
PROPOSAL: To demolish a tenement and rebuild as a meeting house.
NOTES: A second 'design' is mentioned but is not here.
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Plan of two floors, the upper a gallery.
Size: 34.9 x 22.4 cms.
Inscriptions, recto: Design No. 1./ This plan will seat 400 persons allowing the same proportions as in No. 2.

Description: b. Elevation to Chalmer’s Close.
Size: 20.2 x 23.2 cms.

BOX: 1804/19
WARRANT GRANTED: 4 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 7 December 1804.
PETITIONER: Thomas Hay, surgeon.
SITE: South Bridge, next to the arch over the Cowgate.
PROPOSAL: Complaint, against Mr. Dudgeon, late merchant and Daniel Matheson, merchant.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Section.
Size: 17.5 x 23.0 cms.
Inscriptions, verso: Mr. Matheson or Mr. White, his wright.

BOX: 1804/20
WARRANT GRANTED: 17 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 9 April 1804?
PETITIONER: John Frazer, merchant.
SITE: Grassmarket, narrow fronted tenement.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, to improve a shop front with ashlar or hewn stone.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation.
Size: 21.0 x 22.9 cms.

BOX: 1804/21
WARRANT GRANTED: 17 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 9 April 1804?
PETITIONER: Ebeneezer Annan, smith.
SITE: College Street, south side.
PROPOSAL: To build, a baker’s oven.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan.
Size: 19.3 x 22.5 cms.

BOX: 1804/22
WARRANT GRANTED: 24 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 15 May 1804.
PETITIONER: David Hutton, tailor in Leith.
SITE: Shore, Leith.
PROPOSAL: Alteration to sunk floor.
NOTES: The drawing has a border suggesting the right side [with a plan?] may be missing.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation.
Size: 24.0 x 18.4 cms.

BOX: 1804/23
WARRANT GRANTED: 24 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 14 May 1804.
PETITIONER: John Galloway, mason in Leith.
SITE: Leith, Giles Street, one close up or down from Horse Wynd.
PROPOSAL: To demolish and rebuild a tenement.
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Plan of area and tenement.
Size: 34.8 x 48.8 cms.

Description: b. Elevation to Giles Street and the Close.
Size: 35.5 x 46.8 cms.
Watermarks: J Whatman 1801

BOX: 1804/24
WARRANT GRANTED: 24 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 9 May 1804.
PETITIONER: George Fife, coppersmith in Leith.
SITE: Leith, Queen Street.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, an additional floor.
NOTES: See previous petition by Fife, 10 March 1804.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 44.5 x 26.7 cms.
Architect: [George Anderson?].
Signed: G. A.
Dated: Leith, 8 May 1804.

BOX: 1804/25
WARRANT GRANTED: 31 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 28 May 1804?
PETITIONER: Thomas Scott, merchant.
SITE: Blair Street.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, converting a window to a door.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/26
WARRANT GRANTED: 31 May 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 28 May 1804?
PETITIONER: James Ballantyne, printer.
SITE: Foulis Close, foot of on west side.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, to convert for use as a printers shop.
NOTES: Property previously belonged to Joseph Scaley, dancing master. See further petition of 16 August 1804.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/27
WARRANT GRANTED: 14 June 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 31 May 1804?
PETITIONER: James McGregor, hotel keeper.
SITE: 10 Princes Street.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, shop front.
NOTES: The property was in use as a shop but this may be the earliest application to the Dean of Guild Court for a shop front alteration in the New Town.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation.
Size: 25.5 x 21.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/28
WARRANT GRANTED: 21 June 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 11 June 1804.
PETITIONER: George Forrist, brewer.
SITE: Pleasance.
PROPOSAL: To demolish an old house and rebuild.
NOTES: This adjoins the property built by Charles Black for the Society of Friends. See previous petition by Black, 20 July 1803.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 29.8 x 16.2 cms.
Architect: [Charles Black?].

BOX: 1804/29
WARRANT GRANTED: 21 June 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 14 June 1804?
PETITIONER: Charles Dalrymple, merchant.
SITE: Passage leading to the Royal Exchange.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, to a door in the passage.
DRAWINGS:
Sketch plan as part of the petition.


BOX: 1804/30
WARRANT GRANTED: 23 June 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 23 June 1804.
PETITIONER: The Procurator Fiscal versus John Rule.
SITE: Top of Leith Walk.
PROPOSAL: Complaint about obstruction caused by building.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/31
WARRANT GRANTED: 28 June 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 25 June 1804.
PETITIONER: Donald McGlashen, choir master.
SITE: Dickson’s Close.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, to divide the property into two houses.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/32
WARRANT GRANTED: 5 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 1 May 1804?
PETITIONER: Duncan Irvines, grocer.
SITE: 1 Leith Street.
PROPOSAL: Alteration, enlarging attic windows.
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Plan.
Size: 22.5 x 36.5 cms

Description: b. Elevations, before and after.
Size: 32.5 x 24/6 cms.

BOX: 1804/33
WARRANT GRANTED: 5 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 25 June 1804.
PETITIONER: John Kay. Leith.
SITE: Timber Bush.
PROPOSAL: To build a tenement.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 53.7 x 33.2 cms.

BOX: 1804/34
WARRANT GRANTED: 5 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 26 June 1804.
PETITIONER: John Watt, merchant in Leith.
SITE: Leith, immediately behind the Coffee House.
PROPOSAL: To build a house.
NOTES: Drawings bound as a set, in a blue paper cover.
DRAWINGS: 5 sheets.

Description: a. Plan of cellars.
Size: 24.5 x 19.3 [all sheets].
Watermarks: G Jones 1801

Description: b. Plan of principal floor.
Watermarks: G Jones 1801

Description: c. Plan of second floor.
Watermarks: G Jones 1801

Description: d. Plan of attic floor.
Watermarks: A Blackwell & [?]

Description: e. Elevation.

BOX: 1804/35
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 6 July 1804.
PETITIONER: Dr. Thomas Anderson, Leith.
SITE: Shore of Leith.
PROPOSAL: Complaint against James Black, merchant in Leith and Mr. Paterson, painter there for encroachment.
NOTES: See petition by Black and Paterson on 20 July 1803.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/36
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 6 July 1804.
PETITIONER: John Whyte, candlemaker.
SITE: Head of Leith Walk.
PROPOSAL: Complaint against John McKenzie who is building steps from the sunk floor, without a warrant.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/37
WARRANT GRANTED: 19 July 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 21 May 1804?
PETITIONER: Robert Mylne, architect, London and David Cleghorn WS.
SITE: Near the foot of the Shore, Leith.
PROPOSAL: To rebuild cellars.
NOTES: See previous petition by Mylne, 21 April 1803.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation and section.
Size: 20.8 x 38.7 cms.
Architect: [Robert Mylne? The drawing is probably not in his hand].

BOX: 1804/38
WARRANT GRANTED: 2 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 1 August 1804.
PETITIONER: The Incorporation of Taylors, Leith.
SITE: Near the foot of the Shore, Leith.
PROPOSAL: Alteration.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 22.0 x 34.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/39
WARRANT GRANTED: 2 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 2 August 1804?
PETITIONER: Thomas Duncan, solicitor.
SITE: Parliament Close.
PROPOSAL: Alteration.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/40
WARRANT GRANTED: 2 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 17 July 1804.
PETITIONER: Isaac Salter, brewer.
SITE: Cowgate, second land below Robertson’s Close, south side.
PROPOSAL: To build a house.
NOTES: See petition of 30 August 1804 (Fowler) for position of the site.
DRAWINGS: 3 sheets, stitched.

Description: a. Plan of shop floor.
Size: 24.0 x 23.0 cms.

Description: b. Plan of second floor.
Size: 24.4 x 22.6 cms.

Description: c. Elevation.
Size: 36.0 x 22.2 cms.
Watermarks: I Butt W 1800

BOX: 1804/41
WARRANT GRANTED: 10 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 9 August 1804.
PETITIONER: Frederick McLaggan, baker.
SITE: Rose Street, stable lane.
PROPOSAL: Minor repairs.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/42
WARRANT GRANTED: 16 August and 15 November 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 24 July 1804.
PETITIONER: John Mckenzie, hairdreser and John McPherson, tailor in St. Andrew Street.
SITE: 14, 16 and 18 South St. Andrew Street.
PROPOSAL: Repair of chimney stacks.
NOTES: There is a misplaced warrant here, granted to the petitioner on 12 May 1803 in a complaint against David Sutherland, builder. The petitioner purchased two sunk flats in a tenement at the head of Leith Walk, north side from the builder, David Sutherland (petition of 8 January 1801). Sutherland had built a necessary house and other work in the sunk area beside the petitioner's property, without permission. Sutherland was ordered to remove the constructions and pay costs. He did not do so and was ordered to make payment on 8 May 1804. The court officer searched for Sutherland's 'goods and gear' but could find nothing of value to pay the expences. He was ordered to be apprehended and locked up in the Tolbooth on the 26 May.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/43
WARRANT GRANTED: 16 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 10 August 1804.
PETITIONER: James Ballantyne, printer.
SITE: Foulis Close, foot of on the west side.
PROPOSAL: To re-open a window previously blocked up.
NOTES: See previous petition of 31 May 1804.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/44
WARRANT GRANTED: 20 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 16 August 1804.
PETITIONER: Nathaniel Gow, music master.
SITE: 16 Princes Street.
PROPOSAL: Storm windows.
NOTES: Mr. Gow is in possession of the attic story and garrets. 'To make the garret rooms in said lodging as convenient and comfortable to his family as possible, without injuring his neighbours or the regularity of the buildings in the said street'.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevation of top three floors.
Size: 26.5 x 35.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/45
WARRANT GRANTED: 30 August 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 23 August 1804.
PETITIONER: John Fowler, brewer in Prestonpans.
SITE: Cowgate, corner with Robertson's Close [west side].
PROPOSAL: To rebuild a tenement of three stories.
NOTES: Isaac Salter is the adjoining proprietor. His 'area' is shown on the plan to the west and part of his house to the south.
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Elevation to the Cowgate.
Size: 30.0 x 38.7 cms.

Description: b. Plans of shop floor and one upper floor.
Size:
26.6 x 45.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/46
WARRANT GRANTED: 6 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 6 September 1804.
PETITIONER: Charles Mitchell, porter dealer.
SITE: George street, corner with north Castle street, west side. 
PROPOSAL: To build two cellars under the pavement opposite his shop in the basement.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/47
WARRANT GRANTED: 6 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 6 September 1804
PETITIONER: John Fairbairn, bookseller.
SITE: Adam Square, north side.
PROPOSAL: Alterations to windows and doors.
DRAWINGS: None.

BOX: 1804/48
WARRANT GRANTED: 6 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 21 August 1804.
PETITIONER: Robert Kemp, soap boiler in Leith.
SITE: South Leith, Muckles Close.
PROPOSAL: To heighten the walls of his boiling house.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation to the west.
Size: 31.0 x 22.6 cms.

BOX: 1804/49
WARRANT GRANTED: 11 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 22 August 1804.
PETITIONER: James Hay, WS.
SITE: High Street, Bishop's land.
PROPOSAL: alterations to shop floor.
NOTES: Answers from John Hamilton of Pencaitland who owns the tenement above.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation of the shop floor.
Size: 18.2 x 29.7 cms.
Inscriptions recto: Signed J.
Thin Aug 1804.
Architect: John Thin.
Watermark: WS & Co

BOX: 1804/50
WARRANT GRANTED: 13 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 13 September 1804.
PETITIONER: James Lorimer.
SITE: Canongate.
PROPOSAL: To build a stair at the rear of his house.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan [sketch].
Size: 20.0 x 24.7 cms.

BOX: 1804/51
WARRANT GRANTED: 20 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 22 August 1804.
PETITIONER: Alexander Chrystie, ironmonger
SITE: Leith, Shore, corner with Broad Wynd.
PROPOSAL: To alter windows and doors in his shop.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation of shop.
Size:10.0 x 16.2 cms

BOX: 1804/52
WARRANT GRANTED: 20 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 13 September 1804.
PETITIONER: George Gordon, wright, residing in the Abbey of Holyroodhouse.
SITE: Canongate, fronting the north side of High Street.
PROPOSAL:
NOTES: He has right to a waste area bounded on the west by the property which belonged to the Earl of Winton and on the east by the property of Alexander Boog, cutler. Refers to a disposition in his favour by William Ramsay, jun. banker and Alexander Jameson, mason, residing in Portobello.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plans of the shop floor and upper floors with an elevation to the Canongate.
Size: 35.5 x 39.2 cms
Inscriptions recto: J Thin.
Architect: John Thin.


BOX: 1804/53
WARRANT GRANTED: 27 September 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 21 September 1804.
PETITIONER: Samuel Wordsworth, stabler and horse dealer in Edinburgh.
SITE: Calton Hill, [Nottingham Place or Lane].
PROPOSAL: To build a dwelling house and stables.
NOTES: An elaborate veranda in iron work was added to this building in 1810, probably by Richard Crichton. See warrant granted 22 March 1810 (Wordsworth).
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and perspective view.
Size: 55.3 x 75.0 cms.
Inscriptions recto: Edinr, August 1804 CR [monogram]
Architect: Richard Crichton.
Watermark: A Stace 1804

BOX: 1804/54
WARRANT GRANTED: 18 October 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 11 October 1804.
PETITIONER: Robert and Henry Paterson, wrights at Windstrawlee
SITE: Forth Street, south side.
PROPOSAL: To build four houses.
NOTES: Ground feued from Mr. [Robert] Burn, architect in Edinburgh.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Elevations and outline plan.
Size: 34.3 x 45.0 cms.
Watermark: J Ruse / 180[3]

BOX: 1804/55
WARRANT GRANTED: 18 October 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 29 May 1804.
PETITIONER: William Beddie, stabler in the Grassmarket and Elizabeth Wallace, his spouse.
SITE: Grassmarket, north side.
PROPOSAL: To demolish and rebuild a tenement.
NOTES: Plan and elevation mentioned but not here.
DRAWINGS: None here.

BOX: 1804/56
WARRANT GRANTED: 29 November 1804
PETITION LODGED: 10 October 1804.
PETITIONER: David Purves.
SITE: St. Andrews Street, north side
PROPOSAL: Converting a window into a door.
NOTES: He owns the sunk or basement floor.
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan of basement floor.
Size: 28.5 x 26.0 cms.
Inscriptions, recto: John Thin Sep 1804.
Architect: John Thin.

BOX: 1804/57
WARRANT GRANTED: 1 November 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 4 October 1804.
PETITIONER: Alexander Macwilliam, writer.
SITE: Don's Close.
PROPOSAL: To rebuild a demolished tenement.
NOTES: James Ferguson MP is one of those consulted. Petition includes a letter to Hugh Cairncross, architect from one of the parties consulted and a letter from him regarding a change to the vents [chimneys]. See previous petition for the same site, 7 April 1803 where the drawings are initialled by J N.
See also the warrant granted 11 October 1810 (Strachan) to cognoze the expence of rebuilding the tenement.
DRAWINGS: 3 sheets.

Description: a. Elevation and section.
Size: 35.7 x 50.5 cms.

Description: b. Elevation.
Size: 24.7 x 36.0 cms.

Description: c. Plans of three floors.
Size: 51.5 x 37.0 cms.
Watermark: J Ruse / 1802
Architect: [Hugh Cairncross?]

BOX: 1804/58
WARRANT GRANTED: 6 December 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 28 November 1804.
PETITIONER: William Parker 'of the Circus, North College Street'.
SITE: North College Street.
PROPOSAL:
To enlarge the Circus
DRAWINGS: 1 sheet.

Description: a. Plan and elevation.
Size: 40.3 x 22.0 cms.

BOX: 1804/59
WARRANT GRANTED: 20 December 1804.
PETITION LODGED: 13 December 1804.
PETITIONER: James Spadin, architect and builder.
SITE: North Union Place, Leith Walk
PROPOSAL: To build two tenements of three floors with basement and attics.
NOTES: land feued from Robert Burn 'Disponee of the Honourable Board of Trustees'.
DRAWINGS: 2 sheets.

Description: a. Elevation to North Union Place.
Size: 29.0 x 41.9 cms.
Inscriptions, recto: J Spadin, 26th Nov 1804. [Countersigned] Robert Burn

Description: b. Plan of the 'ground floor' [basement] and plan of the front wall of the shop.
Size: 28.3 x 45.4 cms.
Inscriptions, recto: J Spadin, 15 Dec 1804. [Countersigned] Robert Burn.
Architect: James Spadin.

BOX: 1804/60
PETITIONER: The Procurator Fiscal versus unfree tradesmen.
NOTES: The Court pursued the following unfree tradesmen. Some of these have the letter B against their name, presumably meaning they became Burgesses.:
James Hamilton, spirit dealer, North Bridge
[blank] Rattray, insurance broker there
[blank] Miller, insurance broker there
[blank] Richardson, stone ware merchant, South Bridge
John Sanderson, lapidary, Blair Street
John Fairley, umbrella maker, Edinburgh
James Graham, spirit dealer there
Alexander hay, trunk maker there
A. G. Hunter, bookseller there
Henry Jackson, hatter there
John Johnston, insurance broker there
John Traquair, tobacconist, Cross
Alex McDonald, bookseller, Edinburgh
Peter Hutton, merchant, South Bridge
David Thomson, merchant there
John Anderson, muslin merchant, Netherbow
Lewis Mackenzie, porter dealer there
John Low, printer, Forrester' s Wynd
William Murray jun. porter dealer, Lawnmarket
John Murray, porter dealer there,
John Murray, grocer, High Street, Edinburgh
John Nisbet, tobacconist, Lawnmarket
[blank] Watson, grocer there
John Watson, painter, Forrester's Wynd
James Ballantyne, printer, Netherbow
John Anderson, bookseller, Edinburgh
James Bogie, carver, High Street
William Brown, printer there
James Caird, auctioneer, Old Assembly Close
[blank] Dickson, seedsman, High Street
Dugald McEwan, vintner, Edinburgh
Thomas Oliver, printer there
Alex Stewart, insurance broker there
William Thomson, ironmonger there
Lewis Thomson, ironmonger there
John Lewis, grocer there
[blank] Walker, merchant there

The problem with regard to officers of the Court noted in 1801, returned in this year with some officers recorded on 27 October 1803, and additional officers after 8 November. The names appear to settle from 22 December, and these have been given here. For long periods the names of officers taking meetings is simply left blank.




































































































OS Map of Edinburgh 1852 Sheet 17. Mr. Sligo's villa marked in orange (with later additions), Mr Milne's villa in blue and three houses in St. John Street [John's Place] in green. Robert Sheriff built the two houses on the south while the third is marked as Mr. Dudgeon's. Constitution Street on the left and the Links of Leith on the right. Mr Milne's villa was almost certainly built by Robert Sheriff in June 1785 - see his warrant of 16 June 1785. All three of these houses are still standing but the villas have gone.




























































































































































































































OS Map, Edinburghshire, Sheet 2, 1853. Showing triangular island site.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Robert Kirkwood: Plan and Elevation of the City of Edinburgh 1819 [detail, inverted]. Showing Wordsworth's house and stables on the western slope of the Calton Hill, with magnificent views across the Firth of Forth. The building is shown with an additional cast iron loggia along the top of the terrace, designed by R & R Dickson and placed there in 1810. Still standing in the 1940's it seems to have become a distillery or a bonded warehouse for Sandeman's Scotch Whisky. Only stone fragments survive today.




























































































































































Robert Kirkwood: Plan and Elevation of the City of Edinburgh 1819 [detail].
The drawing by James Spadin may be for tenements in the triangular block here, on the north side, (No's 9-13?) but it is not clear exactly which building.
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