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The Georgian House

Magnificently restored Edinburgh New Town house with fine collections of paintings, costumes and period furnishings
The drawing room with square piano and paintings
  • Admire the architectural grandeur of Edinburgh’s New Town.

  • Discover paintings by Scottish artists, including Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and Alexander Nasmyth.

  • Explore the drawing room and dining room, designed to entertain and impress guests.

  • Watch the informative introductory film, Living in a Grand Design.

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About this place

The Georgian era produced some of Scotland’s most distinctive architecture. In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed architect Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment, for those who could afford it.

It cost the first owner John Lamont (18th Chief of the Clan Lamont) £1,800 in 1796, and he went on to splash out on silver, finery and lavish entertainment for his family. He also employed numerous servants. Lamont died in 1816 in financial difficulties, and his son, also John, sold the house for £3,000 a year later to Catherine Farquharson of Invercauld.

The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town house of the late 18th and early 19th century. The fine collections of period furniture, porcelain, silver and glass reflect the Lamonts’ lifestyle and the social and economic context of the time. The kitchen and servants’ room give a glimpse of the arduous ‘below stairs’ life of the servants, who made the Lamonts’ elegant lifestyle possible.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visitor 5 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award
  • We're Good to Go logo with a green tick
  • 2020 Travellers' Choice award from Tripadvisor, featuring an owl in a circle with stylised feathery wings out to the side.