Thank you to Fred G Anderson who wrote suggesting that the
building in the backgrounds might be Trinity Hospital:
"Having had a good look at some maps
published at the time that the church still existed, it looks as
if the church may have been near the junction of St.
Ninian's Row and the north end of Leith Wynd.
I think this is supported by the stone
in the wall on the far side of the engraving of St. Ninian's Row
which reads 'Low Calton'. In some maps that is shown as a
continuation of St. Ninian's Row and is in the same location as
the present Calton Road.
The following is taken from 'Edinburgh
1329-1929' (Oliver and Boyd, 1929) which was published to
commemorate the 600th anniversary of the granting of the City's
Charter by Robert the Bruce:
"It should be stated at the outset that
while there does not now exist any building with the title
of 'Trinity Hospital', there have been in times past two
buildings which were so named.
One of these was founded by Queen Mary of Guilders
during the lifetime of her husband King James II, apparently
about the year 1460, and stood at the foot of Leith Wynd on
the east side thereof.
The other was erected after the Reformation by the
Magistrates and Council, and was a separate building located
on the west side of Leith Wynd.
Both were in close proximity to the church known as
the Trinity College, and for a time the two buildings
co-existed, the one facing the other across the narrow
roadway of Leith Wynd."
Trinity Hospital on the north side of
the Chapel certainly did back on to St. Ninian's Row. Perhaps it
would be best for you to form your own opinion. It will
depend on the angle from the viewpoint."
Fred G Anderson, Edinburgh
July 30 + August 2, 2006