The Castle Snug is located in the James Court Lawnmarket, on the Royal Mile. A location of rich Old Edinburgh history and heritage. Situated within short walking distance from a number of places of historical interests and located centrally to some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants and pubs.
This apartment has a unique history of its own, as the 18th century building has been the home of James Boswell, the 9th Laird of Auchinleck, who was a Scottish biographer, diarist, and lawyer, born in Edinburgh. Best known for his biography of his friend and older contemporary the English writer SamuelJohnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language. Boswell lived and wrote in what is now Castle snug, from 1773 ~ 1786.
James Court itself, has been the central meeting place and residency of many important figures of that period. Considered a mansion at the time, the house of James Boswell was admired by the Edinburgh’s society, as the building was and example of Edinburgh’s opulence and elegance.
Although the building was partly destroyed by fire late in the 19th century, the building still keeps the first stone and structure, upon on which it was built. Nevertheless, “the mansion” didn’t lose its charm and its enormous historical heritage.