St Margaret’s holy well was once a place of pilgrimage due to the healing power of its medicinal waters. Originally located in the Restalrig area close to the present day east coast mainline, the site was due to be partly built over by the construction of St Margaret’s railway sheds during the mid 19th century. Due to its historical significance the stones were carefully dismantled and moved to their present site in the Queen’s Park.
Greyfriars Kirk will be open to visitors from 11.00 am till 3.oo pm on Thursday 3rd February. The church closes to visitors for the winter on December 10th.
Jan Bondeson’s latest book “Murder Houses of Edinburgh” contains six sections documenting the murders which took place in the Old and New Towns, Leith and Portobello from the assassination of David Rizzio to the crimes committed since the beginning of the 21st century. The accounts are not only written in an easy to follow style, they are also packed with facts. Signed copies of the book can be obtained at Edinburgh Books at the West Port. The bookshop is situated not far from the area where Burke and Hare murdered their unfortunate victims. A painting, print and postcard collector, Jan’s books are guaranteed to contain illustrations and photographs conjuring up the atmosphere of the particular period when the ghastly crimes were carried out.
Deacon Brodie and one his partners George Smith were hanged on the Tolbooth Jail scaffold in the High Street on the first of October 1788. Deacon Brodie was buried in an unmarked grave at St Cuthbert’s Chapel of Ease on the south side of the city. image credit: Wikimedia Commons
The illustration shows the keys and lantern used by Deacon Brodie when he committed a burglary.
Born in 1741 Deacon Brodie was a cabinet maker and a town councillor. Addicted to gambling he broke into peoples’ houses to in order to pay off his debts. The engraving is by John Kay who is buried in Greyfriars kirkyard.
Street musician William Lamb was convicted of murdering his wife in their lodgings not long after the end of the First World War. The couple stayed at number eighty eight Candlemaker Row next to Greyfriars kirkyard burial gate. The story is told in Jan Bondeson’s new book “Murder Houses of Edinburgh”. Signed copies of Jan’s book are available from Edinburgh Books at the West Port not far from the scene of the murder. A newspaper review of the book can be found on: https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/murder-houses-edinburgh-new-book-19361440
Sir Walter Scott’s father and members of his family are buried in Greyfriars kirkyard.
The illustration shows the sitting room in John Knox’s House.
The illustration from James Grant’s “Old and New Edinburgh” shows the bedroom in John Knox’s house in the High Street.