England & Scotland united
Act of Union whereby England and Scotland are united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain.
Death of Queen Anne and the accession of George I. The beginning of the Hanoverian dynasty.
The Duchess' Salon
Anna Scott, Duchess of Buccleuch and the wife of the Duke of Monmouth owned an apartment in Riddle’s Court and made many alterations between 1714 and 1729, including the commission of landscape panels by James Norie. The house is now over 100 years old.
The First Jacobite Rebellion in the cause of James Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender.
George Riddell builds a property on the Lawnmarket in front of Riddle’s Court and the close becomes known as Riddel’s Land. Why the name of Riddel should have stuck is itself a riddle as we know almost nothing about him.
Second Jacobite Rebellion
The Second Jacobite Rebellion in the cause of Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender.
An enlightening neighbour
Philosopher David Hume, one of the leading lights of the Scottish Enlightenment, moves into an apartment in Riddel’s Close. Riddle’s Court is now owned by Bailie William Alexander.
The New Town comes to life
The construction of Edinburgh’s New Town begins which starts to attract the merchants and the aristocrats ‘across the loch’. The beginning of the decline of Riddle’s Court.
Thirty-year old James Pillans moved his printing business here in 1775 where it remained until 1827. The company was the forerunner of the famous Pillans & Wilson that continues to trade from premises on Leith Walk. In 1825 Riddle’s Court also functioned as a Saddlery Warehouse.