"a little washing-green at the side of the North Loch"

1764 map of Edinburgh showing the location of the North Loch.
Public Domain1764 map of Edinburgh showing the location of the North Loch. - Credit: John Rocque

Washing-greens were public areas where freshly-washed laundry was hung out to dry. Laundry was generally the responsibility of serving women in households wealthy enough to maintain them.