History of Leith, Edinburgh

Archive for 2005

History lesson for schools

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

LOTHIANS MSP Fiona Hyslop has called on schools to do more to embrace Scottish history in the classroom.

The SNP education spokes-woman said Scottish children should be given every opportunity to learn about their heritage throughout their time in school.

Ms Hyslop said: “I hope MSPs will join me in protecting and promoting Scottish history. It is a vital part of the curriculum. for more click here

Learn From History—or Perish

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Many colleges and universities no longer require students to take history. They don’t think it has much value. But they are making a deadly mistake of the greatest magnitude! We need to understand why.

Today we hear many academic voices telling people that learning history is of little or no value. This is an extremely dangerous trend that may be too entrenched ever to correct.

This educational plague is rampant among the American and British peoples. It seems that few of our leaders understand what a colossal disaster it is! for more click here

Christmas card history

Monday, December 5th, 2005

The sending of seasonal messages of goodwill is a truly ancient ritual with plenty of practical implications.

Isolated villages would send seasonal gifts to their neighbours as it paid to be polite to people who might feed you if supplies ran short.

In Pagan Britain, good luck charms were exchanged at the winter solstice but it took a long time for the custom to evolve. for more click here

The Budget Charms of Edinburgh

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

They say Edinburgh’s stalwart castle, which the city wears like a crown, was constructed over an extinct volcano. They say ancient subterranean streets burrow beneath the feet of its bagpipers. They say that by night, Edinburgh is the most haunted place on Earth. It’s all true. As the rest of Europe chokes itself with chrome, highways, and spiraling prices, the Scottish cling defiantly to old-fashioned customs and cost. The sprawl of London may be just five hours south by rail, but it’s literally another country. for more click here

Night the sky turned to flames

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

CAPTAIN Norman H Shackell and his immaculately groomed flight crew strolled through the doors of the impressive mahogany wooden exterior of Edinburgh Airport’s main terminal building, splendid in their crisp BEA uniforms, ready for another routine night flight.

It was late October 1965, they had just 13 hours’ rest after flying sunseekers home from Palma to Heathrow when news came through that they would be needed 400 miles north. The original crew for the 11.17pm BEA Vanguard Flight G-APEE from Turnhouse to Heathrow was, as fate had it, delayed by atrocious weather. for more click here

St Giles 1827

Thursday, December 1st, 2005


The North-West of St Giles 1827 from a drawing by Sir David Wilson

St John’s Episcopal Church

Thursday, December 1st, 2005


William Burn’s design showing the original Tower

Greyfrairs Church 1845

Thursday, December 1st, 2005


Greyfrairs Church from a drawing by Sir David Wilson 1845

Victor Crolla

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Victor Crolla, who has died aged 90, was the eccentric and much-loved patriarch of Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh’s best-known and favourite Italian delicatessen; for 40 years he worked behind the counter in the family-run shop, transforming it from a humble grocery to a renowned food and wine specialist stocking olives, cheeses, salamis, wine and gourmet pasta imported directly from Italy. for more click here

The Nor Loch, Edinburgh

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005


The Nor Loch has been drained and is now Princes Street Gardens. The View also shows the North Bridge

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