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BURNETS CLOSE

 
 

BURNET'S CLOSE

Originally named Johnston's Close in 1564 after William Johnston (who started the map-making firm W.& A.K.).

The wealthy brewer and merchant Samuel Burnett lived here in 1591.

Lord Auchenleck, father to James Boswell (biographer to Dr Samuel Johnson), also had a town house here.

The first edition of The Scots Magazine was published in a building in this close (1739) which later burned down in the great fire of 1824.

 
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