John Knox House

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John Knox House

At home with Scotland's influential 16th century Calvinist firebrand

John Knox House forms part of the same warren of rooms and spaces as the Scottish Storytelling Centre but you can visit both or either when you pop in. The Knox house is a genuine 15th century property that was saved from demolition in the 19th century in the belief that the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism had lived there. Actually the house was home to one James Mosman, a goldsmith who was a fascinating character in his own right; it's his initials along with those of his wife Mariota Arres that can be seen on the external wall below a first floor window. The museum says that Knox was in residence for a short period before his death in 1572 however so the association with one of the key figures of the Reformation still stands. You can enjoy a visit because Knox passed this way, or just because it's an authentic slice of old Edinburgh.

By: Keith Davidson

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Venue name: John Knox House
Contact:
Address: John Knox House
43-45 High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1SR
Opening hours: Mon- Sat 10am-6pm
Price: £5 (£4 conc)
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