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Cockburn Association

Door open days

29 September 2018 (11.00 - 16.00)

30 September 2018 (11.00 - 16.00)


Next to John Knox House is Moubray House. Although the frontage dates from c. 1630, the house was originally built around 1477, by Robert Moubray.  Andrew Moubray built a new house at the rear in 1529. It was restored by the Cockburn Society in 1910. Here Daniel Defoe edited the Edinburgh Courant (1710) and the shop was the premises of publisher Archibald Constable (1774-1827). Outside on the street is one of the wells which used to provide the water supply to the Old Town.  The office of the Cockburn Association is located in the old cellars of Moubray House and accessed from the garden at the back of the building. Limited wheelchair access to the garden only, down a steep close.  Come and find out about the Cockburn Association's work for the past 142 years in the conservation and enhancement of Edinburgh’s landscape and historic and architectural heritage.


Key Information

Architect: Ben Tindall

Building Date: 1990

Limited wheelchair access

ACTIVITIES: Stone Masonry demonstrations by the S.P.A.B. William Morris Craft Fellows, Heather Griffith and Innes Drummond on hand to guide you through the skills of a stonemason.   They will be giving short demonstrations throughout the day, and will oversee a small hands-on area where you can have a go yourself.

Where to find us

  • Trunk's Close
  • 55 High Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 1SR