The ball was made of rags covered with a sheepskin cover. The balls were hand made by the pupils.
The pupils played a ball game called scuddin’ in the quadrangle which was similar to squash. The players hit the ball as hard as possible with their fist after bouncing it against the wall.
The illustration by J.R. Abercromby shows Heriot’s school band playing outside the north entrance in the 1860s.
“The Scotsman” and “Evening News” published Jan Bondeson’s article on the worthies of Edinburgh.
The illustration by Phillimore shows Dowie’s Tavern which later became Burns Tavern as the the poet was known to have visited the public house. Demolished to make way for George IV Bridge which began construction in 1827. It may have been one of the last buildings to be demolished during the 1830s. According to some records the tavern was demolished in 1881 but this may relate to a second Burns Tavern, possibly built by the owner of the first.
Jan Bondeson has written an article on David Haggerty for the “Evening News” and “The Scotsman”
The “Toun’s Time” proved to be a great success as it linked the One o’ Clock Gun exhibition at the Castle and the Greyfriars Bobby display case in the city museum.
The Toun’s Time exhibition was held in the Museum of Edinburgh to mark the 150th anniversary of the time ball on the Nelson Monument. The exhibition was a great success.
An electric clock was installed by James Ritchie & Son in the right hand sentry box standing outside Register House. The clock was linked to the circuit which fired the time gun on the Half Moon Battery.
Alexander Bain the inventor of the electric clock was born in Caithness in 1810. He installed the railway telegraph lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow.