Auld Malabar the juggler entertained the crowds in the Grassmarket and Parliament Square. He would through a rubber ball high into the air and catch it in a cup strapped to his forehead. image credit Ned Holt.
The photograph shows the set for Burgh Court designed for Walt Disney’s film “Greyfriars Bobby’. The design of the shadow of the window indicates that the set may have been based on the plan of the actual courtroom in Parliament Square. image credit: Greyfriars Bobby World Premiere Souvenir brochure
Robert Scott Riddell the organist at Old Greyfriars wrote a letter to the ‘Scotsman’ in 1889. He stated that the little dog was not a mongrel and the statue on the drinking fountain was a very fair likeness. image credit: Greyfriars Kirk.
Bobby was said to have left the kirkyard and regularly crossed the road to the Hole in the Wa’ public house in Lindsay Place for a bite to eat. Thomas Cowan the landlord gave evidence at the hearing in the Burgh Court to establish the identity of the little dog’s owner in April 1867.
Heriot’s grounds and Greyfriars kirkyard are connected by an ornamental gate. Peter Brown chased the little dog into the kirkyard through the gate. Dogs were not permitted in the kirkyard so the superintendent chased the terrier back to the school grounds. Eventually James Brown found that Bobby was a first class rat catcher and decided to allow him to remain in the kirkyard.
According to the Heriot’s school gardener Peter Brown, Bobby first appeared in the grounds by trotting through the gate leading from the Vennel. image credit: Jane Stewart Smith.
Ned Holt also drew Daddy Flucker the street preacher. Ned’s drawings can seen at the Museum of Edinburgh in the Canongate: image credit Ned Holt.
Piper Campbell made a living by playing his pipes at the public well next to Libberton’s Wynd. image credit Ned Holt.
Coconut Tam Simpson was a street vendor who sold coconuts in the High Street near the Tron. Born in the Potterow, he was buried in the Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh when he died in 1894 at the age of seventy one.
Baroness Burdett-Coutts was given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in the Music Hall, Assembly Rooms, George Street by the Lord Provost in 1874. image credit ‘Illustrated London News’.