Panmure House

Panmure House, Canongate
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Panmure House, Canongate

Located in Lochend Close off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh City Centre, Panmure House is a rare survival of a 17th C. town house in the Old Town. It was built in 1691-93 for Lt Col. George Murray who sold it in 1696 to James Maule, 4th Earl of Panmure (1658-1723). It remained the city residence of the Earls of Panmure until it passed to the Earls of Dalhousie in 1782. It was rented by the economist Adam Smith (1723-90) when he was Commissioner of Customs. In the 1830s, the grounds were occupied by the Panmure Iron Foundry. The L-shaped two-storey building fell into ruins by the 1950s but was restored in 1957 and is now A-listed. For a time it became the home of Canongate Boys Club and was later occupied by the Social Services Department of the City of Edinburgh Council, who sold it in 2008. It is now owned by Edinburgh Business School, part of Heriot-Watt University, and has been redeveloped to become a centre for economics teaching and research.

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