Support the Riddle's Court project by donating to our "Topping Out" appeal

Topping out is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction.

In our case we want to top-out our fundraising appeal before we finish the building and in doing so encourage our donors to contribute to a special time capsule that will be placed in the restored Riddle’s Court.

Help us secure the last part of our funding for the restoration of Riddle’s Court, the category A listed 16th century merchant house in Edinburgh’s Old Town.  We just need the last £60,000 to complete our £5.8million appeal.  So everyone who donates £50 or over will have their own message included in our Time Capsule to be installed at the Topping Out ceremony of the project. Should we be lucky enough to raise more, then funds can be used for interpretation, fitting out and further conservation work on the archaeological finds made at Riddle’s Court.

How to give

With just £60,000 left to raise for the project, every donation counts.

By donating £50 or ove now, your mesasge can be included in our Time Capsule.

Make a secure online donation directly through paypal here.  


Post your donation

You can send cash or a cheque (payable to the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust) together with a donation form which can be downloaded here to Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, 33 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NX.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us to find out the best way to donate for you please contact Julie or by telephone 0131 220 7477

In person at our office

As Riddle's Court is currenlty a building site, you can call in to the SHBT offices at The Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street,  Edinburgh, EH3 6NX.  This buidling is also one of our restoration projects and you will be welcome to come in and see this hiiden gem of Edinburgh.