Blog

Piper Campbell

Piper Campbell made a living by playing his pipes at the public well next to Libberton’s Wynd. image credit Ned Holt.

Coconut Tam

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.

Music Hall

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’.

Dick Vet

Baroness Burdett-Coutts paid for Bobby’s medical fees when he was treated at the Dick Vet in Clyde Street for cancer of the jaw.

Trams

Angela Burdett-Coutts provided the funding to print leaflets protesting at the way the city’s horse- drawn tramcars were being overloaded. The leaflets were distributed by the S.S.P.C.A.

Drinking Fountain

Permission was refused and Angela reapplied to erect a drinking fountain at the intersection of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

Robert Gray

Making enquiries, Angela Burdett-Coutts was told that the little dog had belonged to an old soldier called Robert Gray. She immediately wrote to the Planning Department asking for permission to erect a memorial to the owner in Greyfriars kirkyard.

Angela Burdett-Coutts

Angela Burdett Coutts the owner of Coutts Bank and her companion Mrs Hannah Brown came to Greyfriars kirkyard in 1869 to see the little dog who went for his dinner when the time gun fired from the Half Moon Battery. image credit: ‘Lady Unknown The Life of Angela Burdett-Coutts’

Dewar Place

Edinburgh’s first electric power station opened at Dewar Place in 1893. Although most of the building has been demolished one of the generators has been preserved and can still be seen. The station was run by Edwin Monkhouse the City Engineer.

Battery

The clock which fired the time gun was powered by a galvanic battery until the 1890s when Edinburgh’s first electricity power station opened.