Book the Second, pp.95-156.

[General History of Scotland Contents] From the Eʃtabliʃhment of that Monarchy, under FERGUS, the Son of ERTH, to the Death of KENNETH MACALPIN, in 855.     NENNIUS the oldeʃt and moʃt unexceptionable hiʃtorian of Britiʃh affairs, as confined to this iʃland, gives ʃuʃʃicient evidence that the Iriʃh and the Britiʃh Scots were a diʃtinct people, … Continue reading Book the Second, pp.95-156.

Book the First, pp.25-94.

[General History of Scotland Contents]    FERGUS, commonly called the firʃt king of Scotland, ʃaid to have reigned three hundred and thirty years before the Incarnation, is reported to have been by birth an Iriʃhman; and we are told, that the inhabitants of Ireland were then called Scots. Be this as it may, the authors … Continue reading Book the First, pp.25-94.

Introduction, pp.1-23.

[General History of Scotland Contents]    I SHALL, without adopting any particular ʃyʃtem hitherto published, lay before my readers the earlieʃt accounts which have come to our hands of the inhabitants of SCOTLAND.     Several histories of Scotland have advanced circumstances, ʃome not only beyond all credibility, but impoʃʃible, in the nature of things, ʃuppoʃing … Continue reading Introduction, pp.1-23.

November 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] RAILWAY ACCIDENT NEAR DUNBAR.  —————  SCOTTISH EXPRESS RUNS INTO TRUCKS.  —————  MARVELLOUS ESCAPE FROM DISASTER.     About 11 o’clock last night, the Scottish express, known as “The London Diner,” which left King’s Cross at 2.20 p.m., narrowly escaped disaster at East Fortune, owing to uncoupled waggons, which had been derailed, … Continue reading November 1906

‘General History of Scotland’ (1767)

[Scanned Images Contents] I was originally only able to obtain volume 2 of this set, though, recently, an extremely generous Patron. sent me volume 1. So, that's our next priority for upload. It's one I've been excited to get into and it's wonderful to have the chance already. This is William Guthrie’s ‘General History of … Continue reading ‘General History of Scotland’ (1767)

October 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] RAILWAY FATALITY NEAR DUMFRIES.     Dumfries, Saturday. - About half-past six o’clock this morning Sam. Taylor, driver of an engine returning from Castle-Douglas, found the dead body of a man lying on the up line opposite Lochside, about a mile west of Dumfries. The head rested on the rails, and … Continue reading October 1906

September 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents]    NIGHT WATCHMAN KILLED. - An accident, which has terminated fatally, occurred about two o’clock on Saturday to William Ballantyne, night-watchman at the North Saw Mills, who resided at Glenthorn, Glensburgh. The accident happened while some shunting operations were going on in the mill. From the deceased’s own story it … Continue reading September 1906

August 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents]    FATAL ACCIDENT AT NEWBATTLE. - James Tully, a banksman employed by the Lothian Coal Company (Limited), Newbattle, was fatally injured in the railway sidings at the Lady Victoria colliery yesterday, several waggons which were being shunted knocking him down as he was crossing the railway lines. Tully, who was … Continue reading August 1906

July 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] PERTH STATION SMASH.     A rather unfortunate railway mishap occurred on the main line at Perth General Station this morning, and, although no person was injured, the accident put the railway officials to a considerable amount of inconvenience. While the passenger train from the Alyth district, which arrives in Perth … Continue reading July 1906

June 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents]    ACCIDENT. - Alexander Birse, carter, Queen Street, was working in the Caledonian Railway goods yard on Monday night, when he was caught between the horse-chain and the buffer of the waggon which his horse was drawing. Dr Connon found that two ribs had been broken, and ordered the injured … Continue reading June 1906

May 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] RAILWAY FATALITY AT LEITH.     A surfaceman, named George Dryburgh Wilson (46), in the employment of the North British Railway Company, and residing at 25 Annfield, Newhaven, was instantaneously killed this morning in the tunnel between Junction Bridge and North Leith Stations, where he was knocked down and run over by … Continue reading May 1906

April 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT NEAR KIRTLEBRIDGE.  —————  ONE PASSENGER KILLED AND SEVERAL INJURED.  —————     A serious railway accident occurred about nine o’clock last night on the Caledonian main line between Kirtle bridge and Ecclefechan. The train, which was the 2.10 express from London to Glasgow, was travelling at nearly seventy … Continue reading April 1906

March 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents] FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT LEITH.  AN UNFORTUNATE FAMILY.     Last night an accident whereby William McIntosh, 15 years of age, son of a widow, residing at 24 Burlington Street, Leith, lost his life, occurred on the railway near the Citadel Station. McIntosh was employed by the North British Railway Company … Continue reading March 1906

January 1906

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1906) Contents]    SEASONABLE GIFTS. - By the kindness of Lord Leith of Fyvie, handsome presents of pheasants, hares, and rabbits have been distributed to the drivers, firemen, guards, and brakesmen on the Macduff section of the Great North of Scotland Railway, and also to each of the staff and waymen at … Continue reading January 1906

December 1905

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1905) Contents] NARROW ESCAPE AT EDZELL RAILWAY STATION.  —————     An accident which, but for the promptitude of Railway Guard J. Duncan, would have had very serious results, occurred at Edzell station on Saturday afternoon. The 2.55 train from Brechin had just arrived, and the carriages had been uncoupled from the engine … Continue reading December 1905

November 1905

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1905) Contents]    COLLISION ON THE DUMBARTONSHIRE AND BALLOCH JOINT RAILWAY. - Yesterday morning a collision occurred on the Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway Line, between Balloch and Balloch Pier. The 5.25 A.M. workmen’s train from Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, was proceeding from Balloch to the pier, and when crossing over into the … Continue reading November 1905

October 1905

[Scottish Railway Incidents (1905) Contents] ACCIDENT AT CULTER STATION.     An accident occurred at Culter Station on Saturday morning whereby a fireman named William McPherson, residing at Woodside, narrowly escaped with his life. While the train leaving Aberdeen at 7.10 a.m. was proceeding through the station he was on the top of the tender of … Continue reading October 1905

‘Circle of Human Life’ (1847)

[Scanned Images Contents] My attention was brought to this book by a YouTube video by Storied entitled 'The Macabre Origins of the Grim Reaper,' featuring our favourite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, from the Order of the Good Death. Those who know me won't be in any way surprised by that introductory sentence. This is a publication … Continue reading ‘Circle of Human Life’ (1847)

Chapter 43 – George Heriot’s Hospital and the Greyfriars Church., pp.363-384.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Notice of George Heriot - Dies Childless - His Will - The Hospital founded - Its Progress - The Master Masons - Opened - Number of Scholars - Dr. Balcanquall - Alterations - The Edifice - The Architecture of it - Heriot’s Day and Infant Schools in the City - … Continue reading Chapter 43 – George Heriot’s Hospital and the Greyfriars Church., pp.363-384.

Chapter 42 – Lauriston., pp.355-363.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The New University Buildings - The Estimates and Accommodation - George Watson’s Hospital - Founded - Opened and Sold - The New Royal Infirmary - Its Capabilities for Accommodation - Simpson Memorial Hospital - Sick Children’s Hospital - Merchant Maiden Hospital - Watson’s Schools - Lauriston United Presbyterian Church - … Continue reading Chapter 42 – Lauriston., pp.355-363.

Chapter 41 – Hope Park End., pp.349-355.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] “The Douglas Cause,” or Story of Lady Jane Douglas-Stewart - Hugh Lord Semple - “The Chevalier” - The Archers’ Hall - Royal Company of Archers formed - Their Jacobitism - Their Colours - Early Parades - Constitution and Admission - Their Hall built - Messrs. Nelsons’ Establishment - Thomas Nelson.  … Continue reading Chapter 41 – Hope Park End., pp.349-355.

‘Confessions of an Opium Eater’ (1890s)

[Non-Scottish Publications Contents] This is a book I had borrowed from a friend and read as a teenager, though that edition was far more contemporary than that before you in this post. That publication's title had the qualifier of the author's nationality, i.e., 'Confessions of an English Opium Eater.' It and its author, Thomas de … Continue reading ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater’ (1890s)

Chapter 40 – George Square and the Vicinity., pp.338-348.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Ross House - The last Lord Ross - Earlier Residents in the Square - House of Walter Scott, W.S. - Sir Walter’s Boyhood - Bickers - Green Breeks - The Edinburgh Light Horse - The Scots Brigade - Admiral Duncan - Lord Advocate Dundas - The Grants of Kilgraston - … Continue reading Chapter 40 – George Square and the Vicinity., pp.338-348.

Chapter 39 – Nicolson Street and Square., pp.334-338.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Lady Nicolson - Her Pillar - Royal Riding School - M. Angelo - New Surgeons’ Hall - The Earl of Leven - Dr. Borthwick Gilchrist - The Blind Asylum - John Maclaren - Sir David Wilkie - Roxburgh Parish - Lady Glenorchy's Chapel.  NICOLSON STREET, which runs southward to the … Continue reading Chapter 39 – Nicolson Street and Square., pp.334-338.

Chapter 38 – Bristo and the Potterrow., pp.323-334.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Bristo Street - The Darien House - The Earl of Rosebery - Old Charity Workhouse - A Strike in 1764 - Old George Inn - U. P. Church - Dr. Peddie - Sir Walter Scott’s First School - The General’s Entry and the Dalrymples of Stair - Burns and Clarinda … Continue reading Chapter 38 – Bristo and the Potterrow., pp.323-334.

Chapter 37 – Arthur’s Seat and its Vicinity., pp.303-322.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Sanctuary - Geology of the Hill - Origin of its Name, and that of the Craigs - The Park Walls, 1554 - A Banquet al fresco - The Pestilence - A Duel - “The Guttit Haddie” - Mutiny of the Old 78th Regiment - Proposed House on the Summit … Continue reading Chapter 37 – Arthur’s Seat and its Vicinity., pp.303-322.

Chapter 36 – The Old Royal Infirmary – Surgeon Square., pp.297-303.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Old Royal Infirmary - Projected in time of George I. - The First Hospital Opened - The Royal Charter - Second Hospital Built - Opened 1741 - Size and Constitution - Benefactors’ Patients - Struck by Lightning - Chaplain’s Duties - Cases in the Present Day - The Keith … Continue reading Chapter 36 – The Old Royal Infirmary – Surgeon Square., pp.297-303.

Chapter 35 – Infirmary Street and the Old High School., pp.284-296.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Blackfriars Monastery - Its Foundation - Destroyed by Fire - John Black the Dominican - The Friary Gardens - Lady Yester: her Church and Tomb - The Burying Ground - The Old High School - The Ancient Grammar School - David Vocat - School Founded - Hercules Rollock - Early … Continue reading Chapter 35 – Infirmary Street and the Old High School., pp.284-296.

Chapter 34 – Lord Provosts of Edinburgh., pp.277-284.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The First Magistrate of Edinburgh - Some noted Provosts - William de Dederyk, Alderman - John Wigmer and the Ransom of David II. - John of Quhitness, First Provost - William Bertraham - The Golden Charter - City Pipers - Archibald Bell-the-cat - Lord Home - Arran and Kilspindie - … Continue reading Chapter 34 – Lord Provosts of Edinburgh., pp.277-284.

Chapter 33 – The Society., pp.267-276.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Candlemaker Row - The “Cunzie Nook” - Time of Charles I. - The Candlemakers’ Hall - The Affair of Dr. Symons - The Society, 1598 - Brown Square - Proposed Statue to George III., 1764 - Distinguished Inhabitants - Sir Islay Campbell - Lord Glenlee - Haig of Beimerside … Continue reading Chapter 33 – The Society., pp.267-276.

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Chapter 32 – The Cowgate (concluded)., pp.250-267.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The South Side of the Street - The High School Wynd - “Claudero” - Robertson’s Close - House of the Bishops of Dunkeld - Tomb of Gavin Douglas - Kirk-of-Field and College Wynd - House of the Earls of Queensberry - Robert Monteith - Oliver Goldsmith - Dr. Joseph Black … Continue reading Chapter 32 – The Cowgate (concluded)., pp.250-267.

Chapter 31 – The Cowgate., pp.238-249.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Cowgate - Origin and General History of the Thoroughfare - First Houses built there - The Vernour’s Tenement - Alexander Alesse - Division of the City in 1512 - “Dichting the Calsay” in 1518 - The Cowgate Port - Beggars in 1616 - Gilbert Blakhal - Names of the … Continue reading Chapter 31 – The Cowgate., pp.238-249.

Chapter 30 – The Grassmarket., pp.230-238.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Grassmarket - The Mart of 1477 - Margaret Tudor - Noted Executions - “Half Hangit Maggie Dickson” - Italian Mountebanks - Grey Friary Founded by James I. - Henry VI. of England a Fugitive - The Grey Friars Port - New Corn Exchange - The White Horse Inn - … Continue reading Chapter 30 – The Grassmarket., pp.230-238.

Chapter 29 – West Port., pp.221-230.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The West Port - Its Boundaries - Malefactors’ Heads - The City Gates - Royal Entrances - Mary of Guise - Anne of Denmark - Charles I. - General Assembly Expelled - A Witch - Jesuit Church - The Lawsons of the Highriggs - Lady Lawson’s Wynd - The Tilting … Continue reading Chapter 29 – West Port., pp.221-230.

Chapter 28 – The Western Town – Haymarket – Dalry – Fountainbridge., pp.209-221.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Maitland Street and Shandwick Place - The Albert Institute - Last Residence of Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh - Lieutenant-General Dundas - Melville Street - Patrick F. Tytler - Manor Place - St. Mary’s Cathedral - The Foundation Laid - Its Size and Aspect - Opened for Service - The … Continue reading Chapter 28 – The Western Town – Haymarket – Dalry – Fountainbridge., pp.209-221.

Chapter 27 – The Northern New Town (concluded)., pp.198-209.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Admiral Fairfax - Bishop Terrot - Brigadier Hope - Sir T. M. Brisbane - Lord Meadowbank-Ewbank the R.S.A. - Death of Professor Wilson - Moray Place and its District - Lord President Hope - The Last Abode of Jeffrey - Baron Hume and Lord Moncrieff - Forres Street - Thomas … Continue reading Chapter 27 – The Northern New Town (concluded)., pp.198-209.

Chapter 26 – The Northern New Town., pp.185-198.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Picardy Place - Lords Eldin and Craig - Sir David Milne - John Abercrombie - Lord Newton - Commissioner Osborne - St. Paul’s Church - St. George’s Chapel - William Douglas, Artist - Professor Playfair - General Scott of Bellevue - Drummond Place - C.K. Sharpe of Hoddam - Lord Robertson … Continue reading Chapter 26 – The Northern New Town., pp.185-198.

Chapter 25 – The Village and Barony of Broughton., pp.180-185.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Broughton - The Village and Barony - The Loan - Broughton first mentioned - Feudal Superiors - Witches Burned - Leslie’s Headquarters - Gordon of Ellon’s Children Murdered - Taken Red Hand - Tolbooth of the Burgh - The Minute Books - Free Burgesses - Modern Churches erected in the Bounds … Continue reading Chapter 25 – The Village and Barony of Broughton., pp.180-185.

Chapter 24 – Elder Street – Leith Street – Broughton Street., pp.176-179.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Elder Street - Leith Street - The old “Black Bull” - Margarot - The Theatre Royal - Its Predecessors on the same Site - The Circus - Corri’s Rooms - The Pantheon - Caledonian Theatre - Adelphi Theatre - Queen’s Theatre and Opera House - Burned and Rebuilt - St. … Continue reading Chapter 24 – Elder Street – Leith Street – Broughton Street., pp.176-179.

Chapter 23 – Charlotte Square., pp.172-173.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Charlotte Square - Its Early Occupants - Sir John Sinclair, Bart. - Lamond of that Ilk - Sir William Fettes - Lord Chief Commissioner Adam - Alexander Dirom - St George’s Church - The Rev. Andrew Thomson - Prince Consort’s Memorial - The Parallelogram of the first New Town.     … Continue reading Chapter 23 – Charlotte Square., pp.172-173.

Chapter 22 – St. Andrew Square., pp.166-171.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] St. Andrew Square - List of Early Residents - Count Borowlaski - Miss Gordon of Cluny - Scottish Widows’ Fund - Dr. A. K. Johnston - Scottish Provident Institution - House in which Lord Brougham was Born - Scottish Equitable Society - Charteris of Amisfield - Douglas’s Hotel - Sir … Continue reading Chapter 22 – St. Andrew Square., pp.166-171.

Chapter 21 – The Streets Crossing George Street, and Those Parallel to it., pp.158-165.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Rose Street - Miss Burns and Bailie Creech - Sir Egerton Leigh - Robert Pollok - Thistle Street - The Dispensary - Hill Street - Count d’Albany - St. Andrew Street - Hugo Arnot - David, Earl of Buchan - St. David Street - David Hume - Sir Walter Scott … Continue reading Chapter 21 – The Streets Crossing George Street, and Those Parallel to it., pp.158-165.

Chapter 20 – Queen Street., pp.151-158.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Philosophical Institution - House of Baron Orde - New Physicians’ Hall - Sir James Y. Simpson, M.D. - The House of Professor Wilson - Sir John Leslie - Lord Rockville - Sir James Grant of Grant - The Hopetoun Rooms - Edinburgh Educational Institution for Ladies.     QUEEN STREET … Continue reading Chapter 20 – Queen Street., pp.151-158.

Chapter 19 – George Street., pp.139-151.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Major Andrew Fraser - The Father of Miss Ferrier - Grant of Kilgraston - William Blackwood and his Magazine - The Mother of Sir Walter Scott - Sir John Hay. Banker - Colquhoun of Killermont - Mrs. Murray of Henderland - The Houses of Sir J. W. Gordon, Sir James … Continue reading Chapter 19 – George Street., pp.139-151.

Chapter 18 – The Church of St. Cuthbert., pp.131-138.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] History and Antiquity - Old Views of it Described - First Protestant Incumbents - The Old Manse - Old Communion Cups - Pillaged by Cromwell - Ruined by the Siege of 1689, and again in 1745 - Deaths of Messrs. McVicar and Pitcairn - Early Body-snatchers - Demolition of the … Continue reading Chapter 18 – The Church of St. Cuthbert., pp.131-138.

Chapter 17 – Princes Street., pp.119-131.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] A Glance at Society - Change of Manners, &c. - The Irish Giants - Poole’s Coffee-house - Shop of Constable & Co. - Weir’s Museum, 1794 - The Grand Duke Nicholas - North British Insurance Life Association - Old Tax Office and New Club - Craig of Riccarton - “The … Continue reading Chapter 17 – Princes Street., pp.119-131.

Chapter 16 – The New Town, pp.114-119.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Site before the Streets - The Lang Dykes - Wood’s Farm - Drumsheugh House - Bearford’s Parks - The Houses of Easter and Wester Coates - Gabriel’s Road - Craig’s Plan of the New Town - John Young builds the First House Therein - Extension of the Town Westward.  … Continue reading Chapter 16 – The New Town, pp.114-119.

Chapter 15 – The Calton Hill., pp.100-114.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Origin of the Name - Gibbet and Battery thereon - The Quarry Holes - The Monastery of Greenside Built - The Leper Hospital - The Tournament Ground and Playfield - Church of Greenside - Burgh of Calton - Rev. Rowland Hill - Regent Bridge Built - Observatory and Astronomical Institution … Continue reading Chapter 15 – The Calton Hill., pp.100-114.

Chapter 14 – The Head of the Earthen Mound., pp.93-100.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Bank of Scotland - Its Charter - Rivalry of the Royal Bank Notes for £5 and for 5s. - The New Bank of Scotland - Its Present Aspect - The Projects of Mr. Trotter and Sir Thomas Dick Lauder - The National Security Savings Bank of Edinburgh - The … Continue reading Chapter 14 – The Head of the Earthen Mound., pp.93-100.

Chapter 13 – The Mound (concluded)., pp.88-93.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The Art Galleries - The National Gallery The Various Collections - The Royal Scottish Academy - Early Scottish Artists - The Institution - The First Exhibition in Edinburgh - Foundation of the Academy - Presidents: G. Watson, Sir William Allan, Sir J. W. Gordon, Sir George Harvey, Sir Daniel Macnee - … Continue reading Chapter 13 – The Mound (concluded)., pp.88-93.

Chapter 12 – The Mound, pp.80-87.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The North Loch used for Sousings and Duckings - The Boats, Swans, Ducks, and Eels - Accidents in the Loch - Last Appearance of the Loch - Formation of the Mound - “Geordie Boyd’s Mud Brig” - The Rotunda - Royal Institution - Board of Manufactures - History of the … Continue reading Chapter 12 – The Mound, pp.80-87.

Chapter 11 – Holyrood Palace (concluded)., 74-80.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] The King’s Birthday in 1665 - James Duke of Albany - The Duchess of York and General Dalzell - Funeral of the Duke of Rothes - A Gladiatorial Exhibition - Departure of the Scottish Household Troops - The Hunters’ Company’s Balls - First and Second Visits of the Royal Family … Continue reading Chapter 11 – Holyrood Palace (concluded)., 74-80.

Chapter 10 – Holyrood Palace (continued)., pp.66-74.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Queen Mary’s Apartments - Her Arrival in Edinburgh - Riot in the Chapel Royal - “The Queen’s Maries” - Interview with Knox - Mary’s Marriage with Darnley - The Position of Rizzio - The Murder of Rizzio - Burial of Darnley - Marriage of Mary and Bothwell - Mary’s Last … Continue reading Chapter 10 – Holyrood Palace (continued)., pp.66-74.

Chapter 8 – Holyrood Abbey (concluded)., pp.50-60.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Charter of William I. - Trial of the Scottish Templars - Prendergast’s Revenge - Charters by Robert II. and III. - The Lord of the Isles - Coronation of James II. - Marriages of James II. and III. - Church, &c. Burned by the English - Plundered by them - … Continue reading Chapter 8 – Holyrood Abbey (concluded)., pp.50-60.

Chapter 7 – Holyrood Abbey, pp.42-50.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Foundation of the Abbey - Text of King David’s Charter - Original Extent of the Abbey Church - The so-called Miraculous Cross - The Patronages of the Canons - its Thirty-one Abbots - Its Relics and Revenues.     WE now enter on the precincts of time-hallowed Holyrood, the scene of … Continue reading Chapter 7 – Holyrood Abbey, pp.42-50.

Chapter 6 – The Canongate (concluded)., pp.38-41.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Lothian Hut - Lord Palmerston - St. Thomas’s Hospital - The Tennis Court and its Theatre - Queen Mary’s Bath - The Houses of Croft-an-Righ and Clockmill.     IN the map of the city engraved in 1787 for the quarto edition of “Arnot’s History” there is shown, on the west … Continue reading Chapter 6 – The Canongate (concluded)., pp.38-41.

Chapter 5 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.27-38.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Separate or Detached Edifices therein - Sir Walter Scott in the Canongate - The Parish Church - How it came to be built - Its Official Position - Its Burying Ground - The Grave of Fergusson - Monument to Soldiers interred there - Eccentric Henry Prentice - The Tolbooth - … Continue reading Chapter 5 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.27-38.

Chapter 4 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.22-27.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Closes and Alleys on the South Side - Chesser’s Court - The Canongate Theatre - Riots Therein - “Douglas” Performed - Mr. Digges and Mrs. Bellamy - St. John’s Close - St. John’s Street and its Residents - The Hammerman’s Close - Horse Wynd, Abbey - House of Lord Napier.  … Continue reading Chapter 4 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.22-27.

Chapter 3 – The Canongate (continued)., pp17-22.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Closes and Alleys on the North Side - Flesh-market and Coull’s Closes - Canongate High School - Rae’s Close - Kinloch’s Lodging - New Street and its Residents - Hall of the Shoemakers - Sir Thos. Dalyell - The Canongate Washhouse - Panmure House - Hannah Robertson - The White … Continue reading Chapter 3 – The Canongate (continued)., pp17-22.

Chapter 2 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.13-17.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Execution of the Marquis of Montrose - The First Dromedary in Scotland - The Streets Cleansed - Roxburgh House - London Stages of 1712 and 1754 - Religious Intolerance - Declension of the Burgh.     OF all the wonderful and startling spectacles witnessed amid the lapse of ages from the … Continue reading Chapter 2 – The Canongate (continued)., pp.13-17.

Chapter 1 – The Canongate., pp.1-12.

[Old & New Edinburgh Contents] Its Origin - Songs concerning it - Records - Market Cross - St. John’s and the Girth Crosses - Early History - The Town of Herbergare - Canongate Paved - The Governing Body - Raising the Devil - Purchase of the Earl of Roxburgh’s “Superiority” - The Foreign Settlement - … Continue reading Chapter 1 – The Canongate., pp.1-12.

Communion Tokens, pp.340-344.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    COLLECTION OF COMMUNION TOKENS as used generally in the Parish Churches of Scotland from seventeenth and eighteenth century till present time; also varieties as used by the several Dissenting Presbyterian Churches in Scotland, England, Ireland, and Colonies, and a Collection of Scottish Town and Tradesmen’s Tokens, Pence, Half-pence, and Farthings, … Continue reading Communion Tokens, pp.340-344.

Charms and Amulets, pp.337-340.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    In a scientific age it is difficult to apprehend and sympathise with the state of mind which endowed natural objects with the properties of charms and fetiches. Before it was the habit to trace phenomena to natural causes, faith in occult powers was strong, and credulity exercised a marked influence … Continue reading Charms and Amulets, pp.337-340.

Jougs and Pirliewinkles, pp.331-333.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The ‘Jougs’ or Collar for evil-doers is pretty constant in shape, but the specimens exhibited vary in weight, breadth, fastening, and other details. In all cases it is a hinged iron collar, which could be padlocked, with a chain at the back for fastening by a staple to a wall, … Continue reading Jougs and Pirliewinkles, pp.331-333.

Fetters, pp.329-330.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The Exhibits Nos. 1020-1025, consisting of manacles, fetters, and chains, from the old prison of Dundee, are extremely interesting, and excellent of their kind. They have seemingly been all made at one time. They are very massive and of admirable workmanship.     FETTERS of Condemned Felons. These consist of heavy … Continue reading Fetters, pp.329-330.

Torture and Punishment, pp.328-329.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    WHILE all countries and all times have possessed instruments of torture and of punishment, it has been the unenviable distinction of some to have discovered new methods of torture and to have exercised all methods without hesitation. Without going back in history beyond the Middle Ages, and without going outside … Continue reading Torture and Punishment, pp.328-329.

Unknown Scottish Marks, p.308.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    SIX OLD SILVER SPOONS AND ONE LADLE, engraved with the initials . They bear a rather curious Hall-mark which has not been identified. [A. J. S. B.]  (793) Lent by COL. W. W. HOZIER.     SILVER QUAICH, used by Prince Charles Edward the night he slept in Ruskie at the … Continue reading Unknown Scottish Marks, p.308.

Aberdeen, p.307.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    SILVER CUP, 9 inches high, with a fluted stalk and an engraved bowl. This was presented to the Marischal College, Aberdeen, by Lord Strathnaver, and has engraved on the rim the inscription: D. Georgius Gordonius Strathnauerinæ Dominus, hoc poculum in educationis et amoris tesseram Collegio Marescallano donavit Anno 1653. It bears … Continue reading Aberdeen, p.307.

Glasgow, pp.300-306.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The goldsmiths of Glasgow were incorporated with the hammermen, and under that designation there were also included copper-smiths, pewterers, white-iron men, saddlers, and belt-makers. The hammermen were incorporated by Seal of Cause granted by the Town Council, with concurrence of Gavin Dunbar the Archbishop, dated 14th October 1536.     Long … Continue reading Glasgow, pp.300-306.

Edinburgh, pp.296-300.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    SILVER-MOUNTED WOODEN CHALICE OR MAZER. The bowl, which measures 8 ½ inches in diameter, is made of maple root, and is mounted with a silver rim. It is supported by a silver stem 3 ¾ inches high. In the centre of the inside of the bowl is a silver plate (known technically as the … Continue reading Edinburgh, pp.296-300.

Old Scottish Plate, pp.294-296.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    So much obscurity has until recently surrounded the early Scottish Hall-marks on plate - particularly those previous to 1681 - that it may be fitting as an introduction to this section to explain briefly the regulations by which the goldsmiths were controlled, and how the date of the work which … Continue reading Old Scottish Plate, pp.294-296.

Gold in Scotland, pp.292-294.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    Gold has been found and worked for in Scotland from very early times. The gold ornaments discovered with prehistoric relics were doubtless made from native gold.     The earliest authentic notice regarding gold in Scotland is a grant made by King David I., A.D. 1125, to the Church of the … Continue reading Gold in Scotland, pp.292-294.

Highland Brooches, pp.288-292.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    From a very early period brooches of Celtic design, made in gold, silver, and brass, have been found, which have emanated from the Western Highlands of Scotland. The manufacture of the very earliest examples of these - such as the Tara and Hunterston brooches - has been ascribed to the … Continue reading Highland Brooches, pp.288-292.

Jewellery, pp.287-288.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    SILVER WATCH, with Steel Chain and Seals, taken at the Battle of Falkirk by the owner’s great-grandfather. On the silver dial-plate is engraved ‘Jos. Talby, Aldgate.’  (1266) Lent by ROBERT GLEN.     GOLD WATCH, single case, enamelled round edge with landscapes in medallions. On the inside of the case there … Continue reading Jewellery, pp.287-288.

Dress, pp.284-286.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    BLACK SILK ROBE and BLACK VELVET CAP, which belonged to ‘Lord Drummond, Justice-General, 1489.’ Sir James Drummond, Justiciar of Scotland, and Constable of the Castle of Stirling, was created Lord Drummond by James III. in 1487-8. He died in 1519, aged upwards of eighty years. He was the brother of … Continue reading Dress, pp.284-286.

Fire and Lighting, p.283.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    TWO STEELS AND FLINT, used before the introduction of Lucifer Matches.  (1377) Lent by THOMAS SMELLIE.     The percussion of flint and steel was the only method of obtaining fire in common use in Scotland till the introduction of lucifer matches, which became known only between 1835 and 1840. For … Continue reading Fire and Lighting, p.283.

Domestic, pp.279-283.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    THE BED OF BLACK DOUGLAS. Whilst the Douglases remained Lords of Galloway in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Threave Castle (near Castle-Douglas) was the place of their pride and the engine of their tyranny.     After the castle submitted to the arms of James II., some of the moveables became … Continue reading Domestic, pp.279-283.

Spinning, pp.276-279.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The primitive form of spinning apparatus of Scotland, as of all nations, was the simple spindle and distaff or rock, implements which continue to this day to be used in the out-lying islands and the more remote regions of the Highlands, as testified by the eye witness of Sir Arthur … Continue reading Spinning, pp.276-279.

Origin of Steam Navigation, pp.270-276.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The series of drawings and models, etc., here enumerated, present in a compendious form memoranda and illustrations of the early stages of Steam Navigation, a subject, the history of which is too vast to be here treated of. As, however, it is an invention which in its inception and early … Continue reading Origin of Steam Navigation, pp.270-276.

Highland Pistols, pp.266-269.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    The most famous centre of the manufacture of these magnificent examples of artistic handicraft was Donne in Perthshire. The following account of the industry is extracted from The Statistical Account of Scotland, 1798, vol. xx. pp. 86-87:-     ‘In this town also was carried on for some time the manufacture … Continue reading Highland Pistols, pp.266-269.

Military, pp.260-266.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents] f the various weapons of offence which have been used in Scotland, the two which are most distinctively national in character are the Lochaber Axe and the Basket-hilted Sword with Ferrara blade. The Scottish Broadsword is distinctly derived from the sixteenth century Schiavone of Venice; but what may have been the … Continue reading Military, pp.260-266.

Additional Note on Beggars’ Badges, pp.255-256.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents] (See also p. 244.)    Before any legal system of relief was instituted, the poor were dependent upon the charity of others, and the endeavour to distinguish between the deserving and the undeserving, or between the sick and impotent and the ‘strong and masterful beggars,’ resulted, among other things, in the … Continue reading Additional Note on Beggars’ Badges, pp.255-256.

Scots Masonic Relics, pp.251-255.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    CHARTER granted by the Deacons, Masters, and Freemen Masons of Scotland, with the consent of William Schaw, Master of Work to King James VI., in favour of William St. Clair of Roslin as Patron and Protector of the Craft. The date of the document cannot be ascertained with exactitude, but, … Continue reading Scots Masonic Relics, pp.251-255.

Stirling, pp.248-250.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    THE STIRLING ‘JUG,’ ‘PINT,’ OR ‘STORE’ deposited in Stirling in accordance with an Act of the Scottish Parliament, passed in 1457. This, the most ancient standard measure in Scotland, was the foundation of all Scottish measures of capacity. Its capacity was stated to be ‘three pundis and seven unces of … Continue reading Stirling, pp.248-250.

St. Andrews, pp.246-247.

[Scottish National Memorials Contents]    ROSEWOOD BOX, with glass top, containing King Malcolm the Fourth’s Charter in favour of the burgesses of St. Andrews, the two Silver Keys of the City, with silver chains attached, the Dies of two Seals belonging to the City, and the Gold Badge which was worn by the Convener of … Continue reading St. Andrews, pp.246-247.