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One of Edinburgh’s oldest houses to be gifted to Historic ScotlandHistoric Scotland is set to add another attraction to its impressive roster, after it was confirmed that one of Edinburgh’s oldest houses is to be gifted to the organisation by its American owner as part of a unique agreement.

Moubray House on the Royal Mile, which is partly famous for being the former residence of Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe, is expected to be handed over within the next ten years, when it will then be open to the public and run as a new visitor facility.

Built by Robert Moubray in 1477, the A-listed dwelling stands next to John Knox house and was bought by American Debra Stonecipher five years ago after she fell in love with the magnificent building whilst researching her Scottish roots.

Much money has been spent on upgrading and restoring some original features of the house, with the property now estimated to be worth around £1.5m.

It looks set to join a fantastic array of visitor attractions in the city, which already attract thousands of visitors to some of the fantastic Edinburgh hotels.

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