James Square lay very close to the East End of Princes Street
- immediately to the north of the GPO (or when this map was
drawn, immediately to the north of the Theatre Royal in
This whole area around St James Square was
demolished and redeveloped as the Saint James Centre Government Offices,
hotel and shopping complex in the 1970s.
James Begbie, whose produced
many old photographs of Edinburgh lived in St James Square.
His studio was close by, at 7 Leith Street (- just below the
letter 'L' of LEITH STREET on this map.
(now Register House) at the East End of Princes Street is in the
bottom-left corner of this picture. The Catholic Chapel (now
the Catholic Cathedral) with the Pantheon Theatre beside it is in
the top right corner. I believe that at least two theatres
on this site were lost in fires.