John Knox House

[John Knox House]

John Knox House is one of the least known of well over a dozen museums jostling for attention on the crowded Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town. The museum shares the premises with the Scottish Storytelling Centre (which sounds like a fascinating place in itself), and juxtaposes the lives of two men with links to this 15th century building (one of the oldest on the Royal Mile) - which once stood next to the fortified gatehouse between the formerly separate burghs of Edinburgh (uphill) and Canongate (downhill). The first of the men was James Mossman: goldsmith and staunch Catholic, who lived here in the mid-1500s. The second is of course John Knox: minister and staunch Protestant (and founder of the Presbyterian movement), who possibly lived here later in the century, preached to the Royal Mile from a first floor window and also ministered at nearby St Giles' Cathedral. Both men had an influence on Mary, Queen of Scots (herself a Catholic, to the dismay of Knox), and together the three figures neatly tell the story of the Reformation in Scotland. The displays aren't particularly engaging, but they might fill a few gaps in your religious history knowledge - and the top-floor Oak Room has a very attractive painted ceiling.

[John Knox House]

📌 John Knox House ★★☆☆☆
Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Royal Mile, 10-min walk southeast of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 261737 ///crew.hunter.maker
Open (2019): Daily, July to August; Monday to Saturday, September to June
Cost (2019): £5 (adults), £1 (children)

[John Knox House]

[Painted ceiling]

[The Bassandyne Bible - the first to be printed in Scotland]

[John Knox House]

[John Knox House]

[John Knox House]

[John Knox House (centre) and the Royal Mile]

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