Situated close to the Tolbooth and Mercat Cross, 52 High Street is a delightful townhouse rich in character and with its own very interesting history. At one time it had been The Kings Arms Inn (also known as the Head …
Situated close to the Tolbooth and Mercat Cross, 52 High Street is a delightful townhouse rich in character and with its own very interesting history. At one time it had been The King’s Arms Inn (also known as the ‘Head Inn’ of the Burgh). The Inn was frequented by the County Commissioners when meeting to conduct business at the Tolbooth and the poet Robert Burns was also known to have lodged there when on business in Kirkcudbright. The building itself has undergone substantial changes since that time, most recently in the late nineteenth century when the front was remodelled. Around 1920 the property was acquired as a family home by William Robson, a noted artist and former Chairman of the Society of Scottish Artists. The Robsons were known for their hospitality and the house became a meeting place for the artists’ community. During this time an interesting discovery was made in one of the first floor bedrooms. While stripping wallpaper, decorators revealed the following lines of verse with the signature ‘R Burns’ :
When January winds were blawin’ cauld
.... ( Kirkcudbright?) I took my way
but mirksome night did me enfauld
……… till earlyest day.
This discovery was the subject of an article by a local historian and Robson had the article published in the form of a pamphlet for private circulation. Robson had the inscription preserved on the bedroom wall, where it remains today.
52 High Street has been sympathetically renovated and modernised since its purchase by the current owners in 2012 and is a lovely family home. The property is listed and retains many original features including high ceilings, an elegant staircase, ornate plaster work, fireplaces, decorative wood panelling and columns, brass door fittings, deep skirting boards and tall recessed cupboards.
The house is immaculately presented and the principal rooms have elegant proportions which could offer different layout options.