For my mum and dad

These films about Edinburgh are for my mum and dad.

Mrs Picken, an elderly widow, who day after day, year after year, left an apple on her window-sill for me as I delivered her daily paper. She lived in Colinton:

A newspaper boy:

A tribute to the poet Robert Fergusson (1750-1784):

In Canongate, Edinburgh, opposite the statue to Robert Fergusson:

When in Edinburgh I like to sit on the bench beside Robert Fergusson:

Allan Ramsay’s House – 153 High Street, Edinburgh:

Playhouse Close, Canongate – the ‘cradle of the legitimate drama’ in Edinburgh:

Scottish vocalist:

Shakespeare Square, Edinburgh:

Jessie Lennox of Morningside, who lived to be 103 years old. In her life she was friends with Florence Nightingale and David Livingstone:

Candia McWilliam’s wonderful phrase:

Craigiehall temple, Edinburgh:

James Clerk Maxwell. The notion:

James Clerk Maxwell. Laws:

Alexander McCall Smith. The Great Tapestry of Scotland:

Past and Present (to catch the watcher’s eye):


Steps atween Auld Reekie and Glasgae:

Walter Scott:

The Rebel Antiquary:

Edinburgh Police Boxes:

Warriston Cemetery – ‘Tomb of the Red Lady’:

Andrew Gordon running in Edinburgh’s half-marathon:

Robert Louis Stevenson. This plethora of detail:

Francis Seymour Haden. ‘Labour of omission’:

Mary Brooksbank – inscribed into Iona marble on the Scottish Parliament wall:

The Scottish Parliament. Peter introduces his Sunshine Act:

‘Balansnummer’ a ‘balancing act’. Tomas Tranströmer’s poem is partly a protest poem against the prevailing approach:

Mither, yer oor sunshine:

Bring me sunshine:

Monument to the Political Martyrs’:

Mavisbank. Repeats its Love:


Edinburgh and 365 days to the ‘Indy Ref’: seeking enlightenment:

Constitution Street:

Cammo – I want to be part of history:

Cammo – Histories never end, but go on living in their consequences:

The well-tempered garden:

Dr Samuel Brown (1817-1856). Stars have shone:

Dr Samuel Brown. When science is great enough:

Dr Samuel Brown. The catalytic action of his mere presence:

Dr Samuel Brown. Equally at home:

Dr Samuel Brown.Illumination of the world:

Hermits and Termits:

Prodromus. Dr Robert Sibbald of Kipps:

Baron Grantley of Edinburgh. Albyn’s Anthology:

That moment [3rd from left, back row]:

A visit to Edinburgh:

Bute House, Charlotte Square:

Charlotte Square:

‘Traditionalism: Edinburgh’s dilemma’:

Wrecking Edinburgh:

Dawdle to sniff the beauty of the world:

Princes Street Gardens:

The texture of time:

Patrick Geddes. By living we learn:

Patrick Geddes. To feel the wider life of Art:

William Henry Playfair:

Wilfred Owen. Craiglockhart:

Methven Simpson, Princes Street:

Edinburgh College of Art:

Weather bomb.

Murrayfield stadium, Saturday 24th February 2018:

Rockville, Napier Road, Edinburgh. Left-behind gateway:

A sign outside Carubber’s Manse, Edinburgh:

G A T E W A Y S [distressed furniture]:

Edinburgh, 2018. Beautiful summer:

Scottish National Gallery:

I had a project as a tiny boy:

Allan Ramsay’s House:

PIPE Lane:

Gilmerton House:

ORPHAN Hospital [site of]:

The making of the future:

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