Panmure House (Edinburgh)

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Panmure House is a 17th-century townhouse located in Edinburgh's Canongate. It is a former residence of economist Adam Smith, who resided there between 1778 and 1790.[1]

During his time living within Panmure House, Smith would continue to study and write, producing no fewer than four new editions of The Wealth of Nations[2] between 1778 and 1789.

Smith died in Panmure House in 1790.

Now an A listed building, Panmure House is the last surviving Smith residence, which in 2008 was bought by the Edinburgh Business School,[3] the Graduate School of Heriot-Watt University; the School has commissioned the restoration of Panmure House into a centre of learning which will provide a resource for students, businesses and the local community. Work began on the restoration of Panmure House in July 2016.


  1. ^ "Panmure House Restoration website".
  2. ^ "Adam Smith at Panmure House: The Wealth Of Nations".
  3. ^ "Panmure House restoration gets the go ahead".

Further reading[edit]

  • Hirst, Francis W. (1904). Adam Smith. Macmillan.
  • Fay, C. R. (1956). Adam Smith and the Scotland of His Day. Cambridge: University Press.
  • "Scottish Notes: Civic Skyscraper for Lanark". Official Architecture and Planning. 20 (12): 620. December 1957. JSTOR 44128568.
  • "Scottish Notes: Glenrothes May Take Glasgow Overspill". Official Architecture and Planning. 21 (2): 90. February 1958. JSTOR 44128016.
  • "Dust-up over capital's crumbling landmarks". Edinburgh Evening News. 13 January 2010.
  • Jamieson, Bill (15 January 2011). "The plight of Panmure House". The Scotsman. p. 18.
  • "Public inquiry set for Adam Smith house". Building Design. 4 February 2011. p. 5.
  • Ferguson, Brian (3 March 2011). "Glass atrium would 'hurt' historic Adam Smith house". The Scotsman. p. 24.
  • Ferguson, Brian (4 March 2011). "Glass box will put Panmure House 'on the tourist map'". The Scotsman. p. 22.
  • Ferguson, Brian (22 July 2011). "Go-ahead to a new future for Adam Smith's former home". The Scotsman. p. 24.
  • Jamieson, Bill (31 July 2012). "Restoration frustration at Adam Smith's Panmure House in Edinburgh". The Scotsman.
  • Rizzo, Ilde; Mignosa, Anna (2013). Handbook on the Economics of Cultural Heritage. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 491–. ISBN 978-0-85793-100-9.
  • "Investigations at Panmure House". Edinburgh World Heritage. 26 September 2014.

Coordinates: 55°57′08″N 3°10′42″W / 55.95224°N 3.17843°W / 55.95224; -3.17843