Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Other famous London landmarks featured in the novel include St. James’s Park, where Nigel is accosted by Sir Mungo Malagrowther and encounters the diminutive Prince of Wales (the future Charles I) before quarrelling with Dalgarno; the Tower, where Nigel is imprisoned along with the disguised Margaret Ramsay; and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, on the crown of Ludgate Hill, where the climactic wedding takes place. Hyde Park and the Fortune Theatre are briefly encountered as Nigel passes through.
*Lombard Street. Place where the Scottish goldsmith George Heriot lives, in the east of London proper, on the far side of Ludgate Hill from the areas in which most of the novel’s action takes place. It is not surprising that his fine house should have belonged to a baronial Roman Catholic family in the time of Henry VIII, or that it has been divided up in more recent times–although it still retains the so-called Foljambe apartments, where Lady Hermione and Monna Paula take up residence. Had it survived to the present day Heriot’s house would undoubtedly be a business premise. Although Heriot, like David Ramsay, was a real historical figure, the house described as his in Scott’s novel is fictitious.
*Whitefriars. District of London lying between Fleet Street and the River Thames, adjacent to the Temple, so-called because a Carmelite monastery was established there in 1241. It inherited from this monastery certain privileges of sanctuary, which gave it a dubious marginal status–hence the nickname of “Alsatia,” after the Continental region of Alsace, which has been contested by France and Germany since the Middle Ages. It is in Whitefriars, in the house of the ill-fated usurer Trapbois and his daughter Martha, not far from “Duke” Hildebrod’s tavern, that Nigel is forced to take refuge after his rash confrontation with Dalgarno, having been guided there by Lowestoffe (who is imprisoned in the Marshalsea for his pains).
Several other significant settings lie just outside the boundaries of Whitefriars. David Ramsay’s shop is close to Temple Bar, near St Dunstan’s Church. The house of the ship-chandler John Christie, where Nigel originally lodges, is near Paul’s Wharf, in a tortuous maze of narrow lanes destined to be destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666. Fleet Street is the site of Benjamin Suddlechop’s barber shop (Scott was writing before the first appearance of the legend of Sweeney Todd, the “demon barber of Fleet Street,” so he intended no slur on Suddlechop’s reputation) and the establishment of the apothecary Raredrench.
*Edinburgh (EDH-en-behr-oh). Capital of Scotland, a city infinitely preferable to London in the opinion of every true Scotsman. Here, in the dark vaults of a bookshop, the notional introducer of the text, Cuthbert Clutterbuck, engages in sardonic discussion with the anonymous notional author.