Last of Horse Wynd

Those who may be familar with some of the words and images that I share on hole ousia [a non-existent place] will be aware of my fascination with archives! Archives, … Continue reading Last of Horse Wynd

The first architecture on the grand scale to appear in the New Town

35 St Andrew Square was built for Andrew Crosbie of Holm [1736-1785]. This house was the first architecture on the grand cale to appear in Edinburgh’s New Town. No 35 … Continue reading The first architecture on the grand scale to appear in the New Town

‘He had almost every room in his house decorated to look like the walls of a Roman villa’

This photograph shows the wall paintings and fireplace of 9 Drummond Place, Edinburgh. The style is in imitation of Roman wall paintings of the fourth or ‘intricate’ style. Small pictures … Continue reading ‘He had almost every room in his house decorated to look like the walls of a Roman villa’

A gifted pioneer

Of the folk that I would have loved to have met, Robert Louis Stevenson would be first. Next would be Walter Scott. At this “impossible table” I would include one other: Colin McWilliam. … Continue reading A gifted pioneer