"at the back of the Canongate"

The Canongate is a small district at the heart of Edinburgh. When King David I established Holyrood Abbey in 1128, he gave this area to the Augustine canons which led to its being granted burgh status. Canongate’s relationship with its neighbour, Edinburgh, was highly turbulent and marked by frequent disputes over boundaries until the former was incorporated into the latter in 1856. The area also became the site of the Scottish Parliament when it was established in 1707.


Cannongate Tollbooth, late 19th century
Public DomainCannongate Tollbooth, late 19th century - Credit: Cornell University Library