Charlotte Square, a Georgian Gem.
Charlotte Square is like a dream of Georgian times. Edinburgh Town Council commisioned the famous architect Robert Adam to provide a plan and elevations for the square. The north front was started in 1792 and all the houses were built to his design. The design of St George’s Church was by Robert Reid but is in sympathy with the designs of Robert Adam.
I am attaching some photos here of areas and buildings in the square where, nowadays the marvellous Edinburgh Book Festival is held. Marquees are erected for various talks by well known writers and, of course, a beer or two. There is also a large marquee as a book shop which stocks the books of the authors and personalities who appear during the festival.
In the square, all year round at number 6 is a restored version of a working Georgian house with a fascinating kitchen and the lower floors of the servants as well as the public and private rooms attributed to the family of John Lamont, 18th Chief of Clan Lamont. He lived there in the early days of the square. He bought the house for £1,600.00 in 1796. One can see a really interesting video in the basement and there are well imformed guides to tell you about the various bits and pieces to be seen in the well restructured rooms.
The square was named after the king of the times – George the Third. Her name was Charlotte. I guess the main church was some kind of tribute to the king himself. Today it holds The National Archives of Scotland.
Number 7 Charlotte Square is the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland – i.e The Prime Minister of Scotland.