‘The New Wonder of Edinburgh’

April 1865: The opening of the Royal Patent Gymnasium was reported in the papers as “The New Wonder of Edinburgh”. This ‘New Wonder’ was the grand design of John Cox … Continue reading ‘The New Wonder of Edinburgh’

Patrick’s garden

Patrick Neill, [1776-1851],  was one of Edinburgh’s ‘Modern Athenians’. Today his name is hardly known. His tombstone in Warriston records that he was ‘distinguished for Literature, Science, Patriotism, Benevolence, and … Continue reading Patrick’s garden

Stitched-in-together

Last Saturday, at Twickenham, Scotland played England in the 150th test. Stuart Hogg was the captain for Scotland and his shirt was embroidered with the the name of Francis Moncrieff … Continue reading Stitched-in-together

In search of lost time

A film about Robert Scott, Robert Scott Moncrieff, Walter Scott, Henry Raeburn, Marcel Proust and a left-behind gateway that brings them all to auld Fossoway. This film is for my … Continue reading In search of lost time