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Leith Walk.] GAYFIELD HOUSE. IGI ceeded to the title, which is now extinct. The latter?s sister, Maria Whiteford, afterwards Mrs. Cranston, was the heroine of Bums?s song, ?The Idass 0? Ballochmyle,? her father being one of the poet?s earliest and warmest patrons. The Gayfield quarter seems to have been rather aristocratic in those days. In 1767, David, sixth Earl of Leven, who had once been a captain in the army, occupied Gayfield House, where in that year his sister, Lady Betty, was married to John, Earl of Walk is shown edificed from the corner of Picardy Place to where we now find Gayfield Square, which, when it was first erected, was called Gayfield Place. West London Street was then called Anglia Street, and its western continuation, in which old Gayfield House is now included, was not contemplated. North of this house is shown a large area, ? Mrs. D. Hope?s feu ;? and between it and the Walk was the old Botanical Garden. In 1783 Sir John Whiteford, Bart., of that ilk, Gordon, relict of Sir Alexander Gordon of Lesmoir, Bart., died there. Gayfield House is now a veterinary college. In 1800 Sir John Wardlaw, Bart., of Pitreavie, resided in Gayfield Square ; and there his wife, the daughter of Mitchell of Pitteadie (a ruined castle in Fifeshire), died in that year. He was a colonel in the army, and died in 1823, a lieutenantcolonel of the 4th West India Regiment. No. I, Gayfield Place, was long the residence of BOARD SCHOOL, LOVER?S LOAN. a well-known citizen in his time, Patrick Crichton, whose father was a coachbuilder in the Canongate, and who, in 1805, was appointed lieutenantcolonel commandant of the 2nd Regiment of Edinburgh Local Militia. He had entered the army when young, and attained the rank of captain in the 57th Regiment, with which he served during the American war, distinguishing himself so much that he received the public thanks of the comrnanderin- chief. Among his friends and brother-oficers. then was Andrew Watson, whose brother George founded the Scottish Academy. When the war was over he retired, and entered into partnership with his father ; and on the first formation of the Volunteers, in consequence of his great military e x p
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