Moubray House

Lying next to John Knox's House is Moubray House, which is the oldest building on Edinburgh's Royal Mile and the oldest occupied building in the city. Although the frontage dates from c.1630, the house was originally built around 1477, by Robert Moubray. Andrew Moubray built a new house at the rear in 1529. It was restored by the Cockburn Society in 1910. Here Daniel Defoe edited the Edinburgh Courant (1710) and the shop was the premises of publisher Archibald Constable (1774 - 1827). Outside on the street is the Netherbow Well-Head, one of the wells which once provided the water supply for the Old Town.

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