Union of the Crowns
King James VI succeeds to the English throne.
Alexander Seton, Chancellor of Scotland, resides part times at Riddle’s Court. 1620 is the possible date when he commissioned the plastered ceiling in the Seton Room.
Succession of Charles I
Death of James VI and I. Succession of Charles I
The McMorran family sells Riddle’s Court to Sir John Smith of Grothill, Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1643-46, an even higher-ranking individual than John McMorran.
Execution of Charles I.
Oliver Cromwell takes over
Scotland, England and Ireland fall under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector.
Restoration of Charles II
Restoration of Charles II and the beginning of the constitutional monarchy.
Politician, Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, Baron of Nov Scotia, forecloses on Sir John Smith and takes ownership of Riddle’s Court.
Sir Roderick Mackenzie, a high-ranking advocate, buys part of Riddle’s Court. He was a supporter of the Stuart Kings as the CRII cypher in the ceiling in the Norie room reveals. Because the numerals are inscribed backwards some have interpreted them as 1648.
Death of Charles II.