Crichton’s Close Canongate Royal Mile Edinburgh
Crichton’s Close when studying old maps (1813) of the Canongate seems to be on the site of the Carfrae Coachworks of East Lothian a respected coach builder. In a earlier map (1765) the same site is named Crichton’s Coachworks a possible clue to the Close’s name. The Close was named after Alexander Crichton Coachbuilder circa 1760. John Carfrae had purchased the coachworks by 1799 and his son Thomas was still running the business in 1832.
THE SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY
CANONGATE CRICHTON’S CLOSE ROYAL MILE EDINBURGH
The Scottish Poetry Library can be found in Crichton’s Close in the Canongate. One of only three Poetry Libraries in the United Kingdom. Started in Tweeddale Court in the High Street in 1984 and moved to its present home in June 1999. The Library has the largest collection of Poems in Scotland and if you are looking for the poem for a loved one or special occasion, you will find it here. There is a shop. Entry and use of the Poetry Library is Free. Do not go past go in and find the poem that reflects who you are. This is the only purpose built poetry Library in Europe and possible the world.