Talk on Gladstone’s Land

National Trust for Scotland.
National Trust for Scotland.

The next afternoon talk organised by the Angus Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is on Thursday, January 22 at 2.30 p.m. in the Guide Hall, Myre car park, Forfar.

The talk is entitled ‘Gladstone’s Land – What a difference a pig makes’.

Gladstone’s Land is a 17th-century tenement at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The lower floors of the six-storey house, which once belonged to wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes, have been authentically restored by the NTS to show the cramped living conditions prevalent at the time.

At ground level, the front of the property has an arcade which houses a reconstructed cloth merchant’s booth displaying replica 17th-century goods.

On the first floor a number of rooms have been refurbished to show life in this period. Also on show are some of the original painted ceilings revealed during the restoration.

George Laing, a volunteer at the property, will be talking about the property as a whole and the importance of the pigs which reside at the entrance.

The talk is open to everyone, no pre-booking necessary.

The National Trust for Scotland is the largest conservation charity in Scotland. Its 129 visited properties are conserved for the nation under the collective ownership of its 320,000 members.

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