Whitefoord House Edinburgh, Canongate Property Photos, Architect, Project, Images, Design, Info
Whitefoord House, Edinburgh Architecture
Canongate Building by Architect Robert Mylne, Edinburgh Old Town, Scotland
post updated 27 Feb 2021
Whitefoord House Canongate
Date built: 1769
Architect: Robert Mylne
Refurbishment by Mottram Patrick Architects between Canongate & Calton Road. The extensions currently in the final phase at Whitefoord House comprised of 3 phases.
The first phase was the extension to Lower Calton Road to accommodate couples. Mottram Patrick are to reinstate paving and parking in this area. The final phase of extension to the existing building adjacent to the bowling green was programmed for completion in summer 2004, providing single room en-suite accommodation.
Whitefoord House, 53 Canongate
Whitefoord House was built in 1769 and occupies the site of the Earl of Wintons’ Mansion also known as Lord Seton’s Lodging and featured in Walter Scott’s ‘Abbot’ – Vol.1 chapter xviii. Lord Darnley stayed in Whitefoord House the night before he married Mary Queen of Scots at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The present building is the work of Robert Milne and was built for Sir John Whitefoord an early patron of Robert Burns. Sir John Whitefoord died in the house in 1803. The most famous occupant was Sir William MacLeod Bannatyne a judge. He died in the house in 1833 and afterwards the building was used as a type factory.
In 1910 the charity purchased Whitefoord House and in 1926 the first Lady Haig Poppy Factory was established in the MacLagan Room at Whitefoord House. The residents made poppies here for sale throughout Scotland. Whitefoord House is home to around 85 veterans.
Contact Whitefoord House on 0131 556 6827
Whitehorse Close, Canongate
Context for the above buildings: Royal Mile
Old Town Buildings
Old Town Buildings close to Whitefoord House
image © Adrian Welch
The first EAA Silver Medal awarded in 1984, was won by Andrew Doolan /
Kantel for St Anne’s Brewery Conversion to Flats, Calton Road, Edinburgh
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