The Botanic Cottage is a unique building providing an important insight into Edinburgh's botanical, social and built heritage. Designed by John Adam and James Craig, the cottage was built in 1765 to serve as the gateway to the botanic garden site on Leith Walk. It served as the gardener’s home, teaching base and working lab for Professor John Hope, Regius Keeper, King's Botanist for Scotland and Professor of Botany. In 2008 the Cottage was saved from demolition. It was dismantled stone by stone, stored then rebuilt in 2015, when it finally returned to RBGE.