Royal Mile house to open for visits

One of the oldest houses in Scotland's capital is to become a visitor attraction in an agreement between its US owner and Historic Scotland.

Moubray House on Edinburgh's Royal Mile was built in the 15th century and has stood throughout hundreds of years of change along the street. It was once the home of Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe who lived in it while working in Edinburgh.

It is owned by Debra Stonecipher who restored the house after buying it on a trip to Scotland to trace her family history.

Historic Scotland said the A-listed building "reflects the fashions of interior design from the Scottish Renaissance" with plaster ceiling moulds of fruits and flowers.

Mrs Stonecipher 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."

Elizabeth McCrone, of Historic Scotland, said: "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."