owned by George Henderson of Fordell, who sold the land
to Henry Paisley (aka Paislie) in 1711.
the Sunday morning of November 24th, 1861, the adjacent
250-year-old tenement in Bailie Fyfe's Close collapsed,
killing thirty five people.
image sculpted at the entrance to the close is that
of Joseph McIver, a young survivor of the tradgedy,
who was pulled to safety after rescuers heard his call
of "Heave awa chaps, ah'm no deid