The History of Leith

June 10, 2007

Rock of ages

“THE IMPULSE OF INSANITY” IS how the post-mortem described Hugh Miller’s suicide. Some time in the early hours of Christmas Eve, 1856, Miller woke from yet another terrible dream, scribbled a note to his wife and children, picked up his revolver and fired a shot into the left side of his chest. The bullet grazed his heart and severed his pulmonary artery. He probably died in seconds. He was 54. He was found in the morning on the first floor of his house in Portobello, lying on his side in a large pool of blood. Four days later half of Edinburgh turned out to pay their respects as Miller’s cortège made its way through the city streets to the Grange Cemetery. for more click here

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