Edinburgh World Heritage

The poet's muse

Calton Hill was once home to 'Clarinda', famous for her friendship with Robert Burns.

The steep road that leads from Leith Street to Waterloo Place is also known as Calton Hill.

Houses were first built here in the 1760’s, and for many years the street was the main access to the hill.
No.14 Calton Hill was the home of Mrs Agnes Maclehose, better known as ‘Clarinda’ and mistress to Robert Burns. She moved there in 1800, following an unsuccessful attempt at reconciliation with her husband.

Her old home was unfortunately demolished in the 1970s, but the set of modern steps near the bottom of the road mark the location.

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