Edinburgh writer David Dunbar owned tenements
on either side of this close in 1773 hence its nomenclature.
Mrs. Love's oyster cellar was situated nearby, and in 1786 Robert
Burns is known to have visited to enjoy the
wine, women and song!
within the close today is a garden laid out in the character
of the seventeenth century, donated to the City of Edinburgh
by the Mushroom Trust in 1978.