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Aug 2, 2016

Two hundred and fifty years ago, on 2 August 1766, the town council announced that, of six plans submitted for a New Town to the North, plan number 4 by Mr James Craig had been adjudged the best by the Lord Provost and Mr John Adam.

Craig (illustrated) was a young architect in his twenties who had entered a competition which had promised that 'The person whose plan shall be judged most proper, will receive as a reward of merit a gold medal , with an impression of the arms of the City of Edinburgh, and the freedom of the city in a silver box’.

A council committee was set up to discuss the detail of the plans with Craig and a year was to pass before the council ratified the final plan illustrated below. We will return to this story next year.

Sources: Edinburgh City Archives and A J Youngson’s  ‘The Making of Classical Edinburgh’. The portrait of James Craig in his later life is by David Allan.

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