The History of Leith

July 7, 2009

Steps to Lauriston Place/West Port and what was the haunt of Burke and Hare

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(c) John Arthur
The Burke and Hare murders (also known as the West Port murders) were serial murders perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1827 and 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 17 victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. Their principal customer was Doctor Robert Knox, and their accomplices included Burke’s mistress, Helen MacDougal, and Hare’s wife, Margaret.[1] From their infamous method of killing their victims has come the word “burking”, meaning to purposefully smother and compress the chest of a victim. for more click here

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