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Inverleith House is a historic house, now within the Royal Botanic Garden, in the suburb of Inverleith, in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1]

Inverleith House
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Inverleith House
Inverleith House is located in Edinburgh
Inverleith House
Location within Edinburgh
General information
LocationInverleith, Edinburgh
AddressArboretum Road and Inverleith Row
Town or cityEdinburgh EH3 5NZ
Coordinates55°57′54″N 3°12′37″W / 55.9650°N 3.2102°W / 55.9650; -3.2102Coordinates: 55°57′54″N 3°12′37″W / 55.9650°N 3.2102°W / 55.9650; -3.2102
Construction started1774
ClientJames Rocheid
Design and construction
ArchitectDavid Henderson


Inverleith House was designed in 1773 by David Henderson and built for James Rocheid in 1774.[2][3] In about 1820 a part of the Inverleith estate was sold to become the Royal Botanic Garden. The house was bought by the city in 1877 together with another part of the estate and, after restoration work following a fire,[2] became the official residence of the Regius Keeper (director) of the Royal Botanic Garden. From 1960 it housed the new Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which in 1984 moved to the building of the former John Watson's Institution in west Edinburgh.[3][4] On 4 December 1970 the house was listed as a historic building in category B, with Historic Scotland id 28081.[5] An extension was built in 1974.[2] Since 1986 Inverleith House has been used as exhibition space by the Royal Botanic Garden.[3] Exhibitions of botanical and contemporary art are held there.

Inverleith House was refurbished in 1990 and again in 2004, with support from National Lottery Funds administered by The Scottish Arts Council, which also supports the exhibitions programme.


  1. ^ Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal. "Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh". Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Building/Design Report (March 4, 2015, 3:43 pm)". 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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  4. ^ Fletcher, Harold R., Brown William H, The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Edinburgh, 1970, pp 256
  5. ^ Inverleith House (gallery of Modern Art) Arboretum Road and Inverleith Row, Edinburgh. British Listed Buildings. Accessed March 2015.