Doors Open Day 2018 – Visit Lindsay & Gilmour’s 19th Century HQ

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  • 28th September 2018

Doors Open Days 2018 – Saturday 29th September

This weekend, step back in time as the team from Lindsay & Gilmour give you a guided tour of Smiths Place House and access to a host of historical artefacts, including what is probably the oldest patent medicine in the world.

The Building

As part of this year’s Doors Open Days, there will be tours every hour, on the hour, starting from the front steps of Raimes Clark and Co. Head Office. This is the 19th Century home of Scotland’s oldest pharmacies, now trading as  Lindsay & Gilmour and boasts the UK’s most complete collection of old prescription ledgers.

You can gain rare access to this fine Palladian style Georgian villa on Saturday 29th September from 10:30 – 16:30. It’s crammed with original features, including its’ cantilevered oval staircase, period fireplaces and Leith’s oldest walled garden.

Doors Open Days is an entirely free event, offering unique experiences, fun days out and a new perspective on buildings throughout Scotland.

There’s several floors to explore, guided tours and time to enjoy the exhibits.

The History

Raimes Clark for much of their history were Manufacturing and Wholesale Chemists, but their principal activity now is running retail pharmacies, which trade under the name Lindsay & Gilmour. The original Lindsay & Gilmour is the one in Elm Row at the top of Leith Walk. It is one of Scotland’s oldest pharmacies, having been established in 1826.

Smiths Place was developed at the start of the 1800’s by an Edinburgh merchant named Smith and he built in prime position.

Hidden Gems

True Scots Pills are the heart of the collection at Smiths Place House. They are thought to be  one of the earliest ever “Patent Medicines”. The original “patent”  from 1694 is on display. They reputedly cured anything and were a popular remedy for 300 years. Some of the actual pills also on display. 

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