Gladstone talk for NTS

The next afternoon talk organised by the Angus Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland takes place on Thursday, January 22, at 2.30 p.m., in the Guide Hall, Myre Car park, Forfar.

The talk, by George Laing, is entitled ‘Gladstone’s Land – What a difference a pig makes’. Gladstone’s Land is a 17th-century tenement at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The lower floors of the six storey house, which once belonged to wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes, have been authentically restored by the NTS to show the cramped living conditions prevalent at the time. At ground level, the front of the property has an arcade which houses a reconstructed cloth merchant’s booth displaying replica 17th-century goods. On the first floor a number of rooms have been refurbished to show life in this period. Also on show are some of the original painted ceilings revealed during the restoration.

The talk is open to all, with an admission charge of £4, which includes light refreshments.