Agreement sees Moubray House safeguarded for the future
24 August 2012
A unique agreement has been reached to bring one of Edinburgh’s oldest houses into
Historic Scotland’s care.
With its origins in the 15th century, Moubray House on the city’s Royal Mile is
an important part of Scotland’s story and it tells us much about how buildings on this historic thoroughfare
developed through the centuries.
The A-listed building reflects the fashions of interior design from its Scottish
Renaissance board-and-beam painted ceiling to its later plaster ceiling moulded with exotic fruits and
flowers. Debra Stonecipher who owns the house has recently carried out painstaking restoration work
to reveal and conserve many of its period features and was keen to see the property pass to Historic
This unique agreement was negotiated and overseen by the agency’s outgoing Chief
Executive Ruth Parsons.
Once the house is in the agency’s care, it will be operated as a new visitor facility
on the Royal Mile, offering specialist pre-booked tours with detailed interpretation of its origins,
history and development over the centuries.
Debra Stonecipher, the owner of Moubray House, said: “It has been a privilege and
joy to be able to live in, and to restore, a house that captures over 500 years of Edinburgh’s history
and culture here on the Royal Mile. I am thrilled to have come home to my Scottish roots, and now to
give, in my grandmother’s name, this very special and cherished house back to the people of Scotland
for all time.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “We are
extremely grateful for Debra’s gift of Moubray House to the people of Scotland. The house is a significant
part of the Royal Mile’s history and provides us with important information about the city’s vibrant
and colourful past. I would like to thank Debra for her painstaking efforts in restoring the house and
for her philanthropy in putting it into care as a legacy for the country.”
Elizabeth McCrone, Historic Scotland’s Head of Listing and Designed Landscapes,
added: “We are thrilled that Debra has taken this step and to see this exceptional property pass into
our care. Moubray House will be a fantastic addition to the agency’s estate.
“This house provides us with a snapshot of how properties in Edinburgh’s Old Town
were built and evolved over the centuries. The agency looks forward to welcoming the house into the
estate and offering a new visitor experience in the city.”
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