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the neighbouring .collegiate church, to a brewer?s granary and spirit vault ! The ground floor had been entirely re-paved with hewn stone ; but over a large window on the first floor there was a sculptured lintel, which is mentioned by Arnot as having TAILORS? HALL, COWGATE. interesting remains, so characteristic of the obsolete faith and habits of a former age, afforded undoubted evidence of the importance of this building in early times, when it formed a part of the extensive collegiate establishment of St. Mary-in-the-Fields bore the following inscription, cut in beautiful and very early characters :- ???itbe Baria, gratia pkna, lomfnus tecum.? A most beautiful Gothic niche was in the front of this Suilding. ? It is said to have stood originally over the main gateway,? he continues, above the carved lintel we have described, and without a the wealthy citizens of the capital. To complete the ecclesiastical feature of this ancient edifice, a boldly-cut shield on the lower crowstep bore the usual monogram of our Saviour, I.H.S., and the window presented the common feature of broken mullions and transoms with which they had been originally divided.?
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Cowgatel THE COLLEGE WYND. 253 that its occupants were worthy neighbours of the aristocratic tenants of the Cowgate. The stucco ornaments were all of the era of Charles I., and most prominent among them was the crowned heart of the house of Douglas. From this it has been supposed to have been the one of the doors of the stair possessed the oldfashioned appendage of a tirling-pin. Many of the buildings which remained till the total demolition of the wynd bore the initials of their builders on an ornamental shield, sculptured on the lowest crowstep, with the date-1736.? I 1 HIGH SCHOOL WYND. (Aflrr E w b d . ) town residence of one of the first Earls of Queensberry- probably William, whose title was created by Charles I. on his visit to Scotland in 1633. ?The projecting staircase of the adjoining tenement to the south had a curious ogee-arched window, evidently of early character, and fitted with the antique oaken transom and folding shutters below. A defaced inscription and date were decipherable over the lintel of the outer doorway, and When Scott was a little boy some of the houses opposite his father?s windows would be barely forty years old. It is not improbable that the land or tenement referred to so elaborately by Wilson was connected in some way with that referred to in the Burgh Records, under date August 30th, 1549, when the Town Council consented to the feuing of a land (in the wynd) pertaining to the chaplaincy of the
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