Chessel’s Court Canongate Royal Mile Edinburgh

Chessel’s Court was built in 1748 as mansion apartments for the architect Archibald Chessel and in 1769 became the Excise Office and was the scene of an armed robbery in 1788 by the notorious William Deacon Brodie and his gang. The robbery failed and Deacon Brodie was eventually caught and executed on the gallows in the High Street that he designed. To the Left of Chessel’s Court once ran Plain Stone Close (Plainstane Close) The plaque has been attached to a wall on the right side. Details of all the closes from the past can be sen on maps held by the National Library of Scotland link to get you there fast.  Plainstane Close was named as the close had been paved.

Chessel's Court Canongate Royal Mile Edinburgh

           The Old Royal Mint, Deacon Brodie tried to rob.


Plainstane Close street sign

Plainstane Close Canongate Royal Mile Edinburgh Plaque

Link to Weir’s Close