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A walk to Edinburgh castle from the Mound,Edinburgh,part 2

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A walk to Edinburgh castle from the Mound,Edinburgh,part 2 (Video)

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Book reveals history of Calton Hill

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Robert Louis Stevenson probably summed it up best when he wrote: “Of all places for a view, this Calton Hill is perhaps the best.” for more click here

Broadside regarding a female foot-boy

Friday, February 7th, 2014

This account begins: ‘FEMALE FOOT BOY! / An account of the Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Catherine Wilson, an interesting young woman, about twenty years of age, daughter of respectable parents, near Perth, who assumed man’s apparel at the age of fourteen, and hired herself to a drover, when she came to Edinburgh, and got into a respectable gentleman’s family as a foot boy’. This broadside was printed by R. Reynolds, 489 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh. for more click here

Neighbours from hell: Remains of wizard’s house of horrors are found… hidden inside a Quaker meeting place

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Their crimes were so awful that they were executed and their house – thought to be teeming with evil spirits – was abandoned and left to decay for centuries before being knocked down.

But in the best traditions of horror movies, it seems the Edinburgh home of occultist Major Thomas Weir and his sister Jean is back from the dead. for more click here

Historic Views.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

A photographic Blog of places and famous people around the UK. for more click here

Broadside entitled ‘Execution’

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A Full, Authentic, and Particular Account of the
Execution of PETER HAEMAN and FRANCOIS
GAUTIEZ, who were Hanged, within Flood-mark,
at Leith, on Wednesday the 9th January, 1822, for
the Piratical seizure of the Schooner Jane of Gib-
raltar, on her voyage to the Brazils, and for the
Barbarous Murder of Thomas Johnston, master, and
James Paterson, seaman, whose bodies were after-
wards delivered at Edinburgh to be Dissected ; to-
gether with their behaviour from the Jail to, and
at, the place of Execution. for more click here

Historic Views

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I have decided to create a website of views of Historic views and photographs of Historic buildings, streets from around the country that will be helpful to the professional and local historian not forgetting the family genealogist. The website is called called “Historic Views” I have decided to create a website of views of Historic views and photographs of Historic buildings, streets from around the country that will be helpful to the professional and local historian not forgetting the family genealogist. The website is called called “Historic Views” and can be found here

Broadside entitled ‘Dreadful Explosion’

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This news report begins: ‘A Full and Particular Account of that Dreadful Explosion of Gunpowder, at Stobbs Mills, on Thursday last the 17th February, 1825, at a few minutes past Eight in the morning, by which two Men and a Horse lost their lives, and several others were severely injured.’ The sheet was priced at one penny and was published by Robert McMillan. The place of publication is not noted. for more click here

Broadside ballad entitled ‘A Huy and Cry After Sir John Barlycorn’

Friday, January 24th, 2014

This ballad begins: ‘WE all the Drunkards of the Nation, / Issue Our Royal Proclamation / To you great King at Arms, the Lion, / (Since every Liedge thro’ drought is dying;) / With all your bretheren, Heraulds too, / And Pursuevants, that follow you.’ for more click here

Broadside ballad entitled ‘The Drunkard’s Raggit Wean’

Friday, January 24th, 2014

This ballad begins: ‘A wee bit raggit laddie gangs an’ren thro’ the street, / Wadin’ ‘mang the snaw wi’ his wee hackit feet, / He’s shiv’rin’ I’ the cauld blast, greetin’ wi’ the pain; / Wha’s the puir wee callan? he’s a drunkard’s raggit wean.’ The broadside was published by the Poet’s Box in Dundee. It does not carry a date of publication. for more click here

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