Geddes’ Entry Royal Mile High Street Edinburgh


JOHN KAY 1742 – 1826     

Geddes’ Entry connects with North Foulis’ Close and Old Stamp Office Close and was named after Robert Geddes of Scotstoun a surgeon by profession. On the front wall above the shops can be seen a plaque to John Kay. John Kay was a trained Barber and opened a shop at High Street where he became established and a member of the corporation of barber-surgeons in 1771. John Kay then changed his trade to become a successful painter of miniatures and also publishing sketches and caricatures of the local people which many were unhappy about the way they were portrayed.

 Geddes' Entry High Street Royal Mile Edinburgh   John Kay Barber and Miniaturist High Street Royal Mile Edinburgh

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