A six-storey tenement in the High Street collapsed on Sunday, 24th November, 1861. Jan Bondeson has put forward that theory that the youngster who survived the disaster may have been Joseph McIvor and not John Geddes as previously thought.
The illustration from James Grant’s “Old and New Edinburgh” shows the Norman entrance at St Giles. The doorway no longer exists as it was destroyed towards the close of the eighteenth century.
The illustration shows John Knox’s pulpit. John Knox was appointed minister at St Giles in 1560.
|“Ding Dong! Merrily, at home!” |
Don’t suffer a blue Christmas, join Edinburgh World Heritage at home for the holidays with our special guests on Thursday 10th December. We’ll wish you a merry Christmas with mistletoe and wine through your screen (BYOB). Baby, it’s cold outside, so park yourself in front of the (virtual) fire and toast to a wonderful Christmastime with an evening of music, song, poetry and performance.
Special guests include Alexander McCall Smith in the role of Mr. Charles Dickens, as well as soloists from St Mary’s Music School, and members of the choir of Old St Paul’s.
Tickets are £5 for members and £10 for non-members and include entry to our luxury raffle*, drawn live on the night. Prizes include fine wines and spirits, paintings and an indulgent gift hamper.
New member offer
New members will enjoy free entry to our Christmas event plus one free entry into our luxury raffle*. Become a member today from just £25 and join us on 10th December at no extra cost. New members will be sent joining information separately.
Date: Thursday 10 December
Start time: 6pm
Venue: Zoom online (joining information will be sent to you via email)
Please note: our events have been selling out within 48 hours, please book now to avoid disappointment.
|We look forward to seeing you on the evening. If you have any questions, please contact me using the email address below.|
With best wishes,
Membership and Fundraising Officer
0131 220 7731, email@example.com
Jan Bondeson’s latest book “Murder Houses of Edinburgh” is now available. Jan’s book includes the story of Burke and Hare. Signed copies of the book are available from Edinburgh Books at the West Port the area where Burke and Hare lodged.
The sign “Refreshment Rooms” above the door of Traill’s Temperance Coffee House in Greyfriars Place may have meant that the two flats directly above the shop were part of the restaurant.
The illustration shows the west side of St Giles to the right of the Tolbooth. The present entrance was added when the building was refurbished.
The Tolbooth Jail stood on the west side of St Giles on the north side of Parliamentary Square
The weekly Sunday morning service has resumed at Greyfriars Kirk. The historic church which is 400 hundred years old this Christmas is open to visitors this Thursday from 11.oo am till 3.00 pm. To receive a weekly newsletter contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
An escort consisting of Major Hilton and Lt Fraser accompanied by two colour sergeants carried the old colours of the 78th Highlanders to St Giles.