Conservation work begins on Adam Smith’s Panmure House

Work is getting underway to repair Panmure House, the final home of Adam Smith, the ‘father of economics’.

Under the £430,000 scheme, the house – which was built in 1691 – will be re-slated, along with conservation of its stonework and the replacement of its timber sash-and-case windows.

The work will be carried out by Bathgate-based Ashwood Scotland and is part of a broader £3.6 million project to restore the house, which was left derelict for half a century before being bought by the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in 2008.

Smith, who was born in 1723 and died in 1790, spend the final 12 years of his life at Panmure House in Edinburgh.

Funding for the work has included a £150,000 grant from Edinburgh World Heritage and cash from the Friends of Panmure House, as well as individual donations from around the world.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: ‘Panmure House is an important historic building, not only because of its links to Adam Smith, the Enlightenment and modern socio-economic thinking, but also as rare survival of a 17th-century town mansion.

‘We welcome the carefully considered scheme for its re-use as a centre for economics and social studies, very much in keeping with the spirit of its past.’

Panmure House in Edinburgh

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