The Haunted West Bow

The Haunted West Bow

Today West Bow is the sweet little-cobbled street in Edinburgh and though at first glance it seems almost picturesque with its beautiful shops and cafe’s you would never guess that it is hiding one of the Old Town’s darkest secrets. West Bow resident, Major Thomas Weir and he was a well-respected member of Edinburgh society. He held […]

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The mystery of Arthur’s O’on

The mystery of Arthur’s O’on

After the 45 uprising Scotland was needed to be ‘brought to heel’,  the army showed little mercy. Jacobites were rounded up, imprisoned or executed.  Hanoverian forces were held back by poor mapping, a great Military Survey of Scotland, “undertaken by order of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland”, was commissioned. William Roy, a factor’s son from Lanarkshire, 19 at […]

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Clans to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August

Clans to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August

Clan chiefs have been sending out rallying calls to their Clansmen and Clanswomen all over the world to come and join them at the Edinburgh Tattoo this August.  Rather than setting a fire on-top of a hill – this time they’re using the internet. Back in 2009 many of us remember the epic Clan March […]

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The Auction of one Drunken Wife in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh

The Auction of one Drunken Wife in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh

A wonderful story from a broadside (early version of a newspaper) from 1828, about a man who was auctioning off his drunken wife at the Grassmarket in Edinburgh. Details of the extraordinary auction are held by the National Library of Scotland in its vast collection of broadsides, single newsheets which were distributed or pinned up […]

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Greyfriars’ Bobby and Bum the Dog!

Greyfriars’ Bobby and Bum the Dog!

Edinburgh became the sister city of San Diego, USA in 1977. Sister cities were the result of an initiative by President Dwight D. Eisenhower who believed that twinning cities and connecting people at the community level would forge strong international relations and build trust which would result in a more peaceful world. These two cities shared […]

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