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Murrays in Edinburgh

Weigh House

William Murray in Edinburgh

The Weigh House in Edinburgh
The Weigh House in Edinburgh

William MURRAY, a son of William MURRAY and Christian VEITCH, was born approximately 1680.  After his father died in 1686, William, his mother and his sisters went to live with William's grandmother Dame Christian NAESMYTH in Edinburgh.  (Christian NAESMYTH, was the spouse of John VEITCH of Dawick who died in 1682.)

William is indeed found in the 1694 Edinburgh Hearth Tax living with his mother, sister and grandmother on the north side of Mrs. RAE's property which was above the Weigh House.  William may have worked as a Writer in Edinburgh.

The Weigh House was located in the center of Castlehill Street where it intersects with Lawnmarket and Johnston Terrace. (see red highlight on map below)

Sir David WILSON is given credit for the sketch above of the Weigh House, which he finished from an earlier sketch by D. SOMERVILLE.  (Please click on the above image for larger view.)

The Weigh House was taken down in 1822.

1765 Map of Old Edinburgh showing The Weigh House
Weigh House in Edinburgh (1765 Map)
(Click on map for larger and clearer image)