House, situated at the base of Calton Hill, about ¼ mile to the East of
Princes Street, was the home to many renowned photographers,
beginning with Hill & Adamson in the 1840s.
photograph above shows Rock House in the 1870s, with a large sign
advertising Archibald Burns on the wall of the low building in front of
the house. Calton stairs, leading to Calton Hill, with the gate into
the garden of Rock House are on the right hand side of the photograph.
the next photograph, a calotype by Hill & Adamson, DO Hill is standing
beside a gate, maybe the gate to Rock House, maybe elsewhere. I have heard
different opinions on this topic.
address of Rock House was usually given as Rock House, Calton Stairs; but
sometimes given as Rock House, 28 Calton Hill.