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Deacon Brodie – Edinburgh Criminal Extraordinaire!

Deacon Brodie – Edinburgh Criminal Extraordinaire!

Deacon Brodie - Edinburgh Criminal Extraordinaire! INTRODUCTION One of the most remarkable criminals ever confined in the Old Tolbooth of Edinburgh was Deacon William Brodie. Being a Deacon meant he was officially the most respected joiner in Edinburgh. He was also a...

Old Tolbooth Prison Edinburgh – Methods of Escape!

Old Tolbooth Prison Edinburgh – Methods of Escape!

Old Tolbooth Prison Edinburgh - Methods of Escape! The Old Tolbooth Prison in Edinburgh occupied a site in West Parliament Square outside St Giles on the Royal Mile. Until it was demolished in the early 19th century. The Tolbooth prison served two purposes. Primarily...

The Great Disruption – Rev Thomas Guthrie DD

The Great Disruption – Rev Thomas Guthrie DD

This article is about the fervent belief which guided the Rev Thomas Guthrie, once of Old Greyfriars in Edinburgh, to his decision to resign his position with the Church of Scotland, and join the newly formed Free Church of Scotland. This occurred during the Great Disruption of 1843.

Floors Castle – A Hidden Gem in the Scottish Borders

Floors Castle – A Hidden Gem in the Scottish Borders

LOCATION One of Scotland’s finest country homes is Floors Castle. Like the Schloss Roxburghe . The hotel it is situated very near to Kelso and within easy reach of both Edinburgh, which is 50 miles to the north. Newcastle, is only 65 miles to the south. I mention the...

Astley Ainslie Hospital A Sad End to a Wonderful Beginning

Astley Ainslie Hospital A Sad End to a Wonderful Beginning

Astley Ainslie Hospital - A Sad End to a Wonderful Beginning The aim of this article is to provide a broad overview of how and possibly why Astley Ainslie hospital came into being. Specifically, the manner in which David Ainslie’s vision became a reality. It stirred...