engraving of Potterow, 1821, after a painting by W McEwan, was
published in Volume 1 of the book Grant's 'Old & New
The book says that the building with the
outer stair protected by a screen of wood was one of the oldest in
this part of the town. It was known as Mahogany Land.
The book adds:
"There was no date to record its
erection, but its ceilings were curiously adorned by paintings
precisely similar to those which were found in the Palace of Mary
of Guise in the Castle Hill, and no record remained of its
generations of inmates ..."
[Old & New Edinburgh Vol 1 p.319]
There is no mention of how Mahogany Land
acquired its name.