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Lithograph

Fountain Close

The book, 'Old Edinburgh' which included 103 James Drummond engravings was published in  1879.  Here are the descriptions of the two Fountain Close pictures in this book:

 1.

The west side of Fountain Close

looking towards the High Street

Lithograph  -  Fountain Close

The drawing represents the picturesque tenements at the north end of the Close, with the covered entrance from the High Street. Two of these have the front wall of the lower floor of stone, and those above of timber.

On the west side, is the entrance to a stair leading to the house supposed to have been the residence of Thomas Bassendyne, the old Scottish typographer, who, in conjunction with Alexander Arbuthnot, printed and published the famous folio known as Bassendyne's Bible, the first Bible printed in Scotland.

The New Testament portion was finished and dated 1576, but its issue was delayed till the Old Testament was finished in 1579. Arbuthnot and Bassendyne were both Burgesses of Edinburgh, the former a man of means, the latter a practical printer, who had learned his business in Paris and Leyden.

Towards the end of last century, this Close was the principal entrance from the High Street to the Episcopal Chapel in the Cowgate, which at that time, was the most fashionable place of worship belonging to that body.

Episcopacy, after having been for some time established in Scotland, was abolished in 1689, but its adherents enjoyed the privilege of assembling in meeting-houses.

These were small, exceedingly plain in appearance, and ultimately they did not afford the accommodation required. A committee of gentlemen was therefore appointed to make arrangements for erecting a commodious place of worship.

A site was obtained near the Cowgate, upon a portion of the garden attached to the Marquis of Tweeddale's mansion, and the building commenced on 5th April 1771.

So rapidly did the work proceed, that public worship was celebrated in it on the 10th October 1774. The chapel is large, containing 1700 sittings. Upon the ceiling, over the altar, was a fine painting of the Ascension by Runciman.

It was sold early in the present century, and after being used as a church by several dissenting bodies, was ultimately acquired by the Roman Catholics, and is now occupied as one of their places of worship.

This view shows the west side of the Close from the interior, looking towards
the high Street.

 

 2.

The west side of Fountain Close

looking towards the Cowgate

Fountain's Close  -  drawing by James Drummond, 1853

Derives its name from a fountain or large well, situated either in the close, or within the tenement at the head of it, but which has disappeared with the introduction of improved drainage. It is upon the south side of the High Street, and nearly opposite John Knox's house.

On the east side of the close is the entrance to the house of Adam Fullerton, whose name, and that of Marjorie Roger, are neatly carved upon the lintel of the double doorway, with the following inscriptions: ONLY BE CRYST and ARYS O LORD; also VINCIT VERITAS and the date 1573.

He was one of the Bailies of Edinburgh in 1561, and took a prominent part in the cause of the Reformation. He represented the city in the General Assembly held in 1571, and in the same year was made captain of the band of disaffected citizens who favoured the Regent Mar.

He was therefore denounced "our souerane ladie's rebell", and "put to the horne" His house, being forfeited to Mar's party, who were posted on the opposite height of St John's Hill. It seems it sustained "litill or no skaith" in the contest, for it was soon after his return that Fullerton decorated its lintels with the VINCIT VERITAS above mentioned.

Ultimately, his house and honours were restored, and he was chosen a burgess of the Parliament which met in the Tolbooth in 1573.

This view shows the west side of the Close from the High Street entrance,
looking towards the Cowgate.

 

Thank you to Ronald Jonker, Conondale Queensland, Australia for providing the descriptions above.

Fountain's Close

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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