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Edinburgh's City Guide

John Knox House

One of the most famous figures in Scottish history, the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism, John Knox is a figure to be reckoned with and a fascinating history to discover. John Knox House is the only original medieval building still standing in the whole of Edinburgh. It dates back to 1470 and is associated very closely with The Scottish Reformation, which led to the civil war and the abdication of Scotland’s most famous monarch – Mary, Queen of Scots.

The time actually spent in John Knox House himself was minimal but it’s only because of this association that the house still stands today. For the majority of the time it was the residence of James Mossman, Mary, Queen of Scots’ jeweller and goldsmith. To find out more about him and the fate he befell warrants a visit to the house too.

A stunning medieval example, John Knox House is a wonderful tribute to a fascinating historical figure and there are many opportunities to hear more about Knox and the events he was involved in. It is possible to enjoy an audio guide of the house or book onto a bespoke guided tour, packed full of fascinating facts and things you could never have known. You can visit any time between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday.

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