Warriston Gates

CANMORE: Warriston House, 1st OS map: Warriston House, as it was: Apart from the gate, that is now in Drummond Gardens, this sundial is all that survives of Warriston House:

Drummond Place

The following account of Drummond Place is the work of Connie Byrom as published in this book: Connie dedicated her book to her husband John for ‘opening  her eyes to … Continue reading Drummond Place

‘The Story of Drummond Place’

The following is the 1970 revised edition of ‘The Story of Drummond Place’ by Lettice Milne Rae:  

Ross Fountain

Daniel Ross , ‘Old Daniel’, was a successful gunmaker in Edinburgh: He also had a shop on St Andrew Street where the doorway stone flourishings, with his monogram, survive to … Continue reading Ross Fountain

East Princes Street Gardens

This post shares a little of the history of East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. I am indebted to the work of Connie Byrom as published in this book: Connie dedicated … Continue reading East Princes Street Gardens

West Princes Street Gardens

This post shares a little of the history of West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. I am indebted to the work of Connie Byrom as published in this book: Connie dedicated … Continue reading West Princes Street Gardens

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

Tullybeagles

Colonel William Mercer of Aldie and Meikleour was clearly very fond of his Tullybeagles estate and had ercected, sometime before 1790, a white obelisk on  top of Craig Gibbon. This … Continue reading Tullybeagles

You are HERE.

On Sunday 5th July 2020 I climbed Craig Gibbon to the obelisk on top. This obelisk was erected by Colonel William Mercer of Aldie and Meikleour. In his time it … Continue reading You are HERE.

a woman named

Janet Carstairs: Footnote: From currently availble archives, I have been unable to find anything more about Janet Carstairs. So little is recorded. The little that may be recorded is based … Continue reading a woman named

A Dishonest Sweep

Philip Hughes (1836-1896), a Chimney Sweep who lived and worked in Edinburgh, had a troubled life. His family, and the City he lived in, were also troubled by his behaviour. … Continue reading A Dishonest Sweep

R E E K I A N A

James Skene (1775-1864), advocate, antiquarian and confidant of Sir Walter Scott, had a profound sense of Edinburgh as a changing city. In the early 19th century, he witnessed, at first … Continue reading R E E K I A N A