Ramsay Garden

Ramsay Lane Edinburgh

A winding road to the mound that takes you to Princes Street or Waverley Station. With great views over the city and the historic home of Alan Ramsay the Poet. His statue can be seen on the corner of West Princes Street Gardens at the foot of the mound.

Ramsay Lodge was where Allan Ramsay the poet lived in the 1700s. Later it was developed into 16 houses for student accommodation with a magnificent view of the New Town Edinburgh. They are now private residence. The Ramsay Garden houses are a prominent feature of Edinburgh with their red ashlars and white exteriors and were first built by Alan Ramsay in 1733.

Can you see the Devil on the hot tin roof?

Allan Ramsay’s original Goose pie octagonal shaped house can be found in the centre looking up from Princes Street.

Ramsay Garden Castlehill Edinbrgh

First Ragged School 

Ramsay Lane Edinburgh

Ramsay Lane Castlehill was the site of the first Ragged School in Scotland. It was founded by Dr Thomas Guthrie in 1847. Ragged Schools were free education for poor and homeless children. There is a Ragged School museum in London. THE SCULPTURED BIBLE above the door of 1 Ramsay Lane is inscribed with the words. “search the scriptures” “ST JOHN V S V 39”

ramsay lane old ragged school
Dr Thomas Guthrie

The Sculptured Bible

Above the Door of the

First Ragged School

The bible above the door is inscribed with the words

“search the scriptures”  “ST JOHN V S V 39”

 ramsay lane old ragged school book

Wedding Stone

Walking down Ramsay Lane towards the Mound. A stone built into the wall can be seen. This is a marriage stone where the two sets of initials of the betrothed and the date of the marriage were set in stone on the walls of their home.

An old Scottish custom.

Wall Marriage stone in Mound Place Edinburgh

Royal Mile Ramsay Garden

Ramsay Garden Castlehill where Ramsay Lodge stands. The house where Allan Ramsay the poet built his house and lived in 1740. Over time he extended it to what you see now. The original house was octagonal in shape and it earned the ridicule of the gentry as they called it Guse Pie. Now known as the Goose Pie Hat. After his death  the property was later developed into 16 houses for student accommodation with a magnificent view of New Town Edinburgh.

The houses are now private residence.

Ramsay Garden Plaque

Ramsay Garden Now

The Ramsay Garden houses are a prominent feature of Edinburgh with their red ashlars and white exteriors and were first built by Alan Ramsay in 1733. Can you see the Devil on the hot tin roof? Allan Ramsay’s original Goose pie octagonal shaped house can be found in the centre looking up from Princes Street.

The original Lodge is the highest point on the building.

Ramsay Gardens Pork Pie House.

The Devil on the Roof

The sculpture on the roof of Ramsay Garden was one of three that were originally placed on the three main gable ends, a devil, an angel finial and a sphinx. The Devil remains. 

Ramsay Garden Devil on the roof
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started 16 / 03 /2017