St. Giles Cathedral and the Goldsmiths' Hall (c1700)

Goldsmiths Hall

George Heriot was the eldest son of a goldsmith of the same name, who was descended from the Heriots of Traboun, a family of some antiquity in East Lothian. The date and place of the Founder's birth are not accurately known but Heriot is believed to have been born in Edinburgh in June 1563. Goldsmiths were then, and for a long period, the principal money lenders in Scotland and ranked among the wealthy citizens of Edinburgh.

The young George Heriot learned his father's trade and established his own business in a "buith" near St. Giles Cathedral. He was admitted as a member of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in 1588.