Professor Andy Lawrence of the Royal Observatory gave a very entertaining talk on Professor Piazzi Smyth and his wife Jessie at Lauriston Castle today. The venue was ideal as the guests were given a guided tour of the unique building which Professor Piazzi Smyth and his wife probably visited when he was Astronomer Royal for Scotland. image credit Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
James Brown is buried at the east end of the kirkyard not far from the memorial stone unveiled by James Cosmo who played the superintendent in ‘The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby’.
The ‘Greyfriars Bobby A-Z’ is available from Edinburgh Books at the West Port, Edinburgh. The book contains the facts on the books, films and the characters connected to the little dog
Bobby stored his bones under Jean Grant’s table tombstone on the east side of Greyfriars kirkyard. The One o’ clock Gun did not fire on Sundays and John Traill’s restaurant where he went for his dinner would be closed.
Professor Andy Lawrence of the Royal Observatory will be giving a public talk as part of the Lauriston Castle series, entitled “Stars, Time and Mountains: The Legacy of Charles Piazzi Smyth on Saturday at Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh. Tickets can be obtained on https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/stars-time-and-mountains-legacy-charles-piazzi-smyth image credit wikipedia commons
An organ was installed in Old Greyfriars in 1865. James Brown did not approve as he was born in the north of Scotland. Neither did Bobby. image credit Greyfriars Kirk.
The 24 pounder failed to fire due to a faulty friction tube. Although it was replaced by a 12 pounder, the gun also failed to fire at one the following day. The time gun fired successfully on the third day.
William Lindsay the Provost of Leith was also present at the ceremony to launch the One o’ clock Gun. When he died in 1881 he was buried in South Leith Churchyard. image credit Leith and its antiquities.