Panmure House (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Panmure House (Edinburgh)

Panmure House is a 17th-century townhouse located in Edinburgh's Canongate, just off the Royal Mile. It is the only surviving residence of renowned Scottish economist Adam Smith, who lived there between 1778 and 1790. Situated close to the Scottish Parliament, in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the House is an important monument of Scottish intellectual history. During his time living at Panmure House, Smith continued to study and write, producing four new editions of his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations between 1778 and 1789. He was still at work on the final edition of his 1759 master work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, when he died in Panmure House in 1790 and is buried in the nearby Canongate Kirkyard.

Panmure House is a townhouse originally built in 1691-3 for Lt. Col. George Murray and subsequently owned by the Earl of Panmure. It was the residence of Adam Smith from 1778 to 1790. After falling into disrepair, it was restored in the 1950s and then used as a Boys Club and then as a Social Services day centre.



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