The electric cable measuring over four thousand feet was connected between the Half Moon Battery and the Nelson Monument by a team of sailors who began work on the 22nd April 1861.
Trials were carried out at the Castle during the early part of 1861 to find the most suitable battery from which to fire the signal. The master gunner originally planned to fire the signal from the Argyle Battery using one of the twelve pounders, pointing towards the Scott Monument. He changed his mind and decided to use the twenty four pounder standing next to the flagpole on the Half Moon Battery, pointing towards the Nelson Monument.
Jan Bondeson’s final article on the capital’s waxwork museums has now been published in the “Scotsman” and the “Evening News”.
The Easter service will be held at Greyfriars Kirk tomorrow at 11.00 am. The service is limited to fifty due to the present restrictions still in force.
Walter Greenoak Patterson photographed Bobby and the Traill children in his studio. He also took a photograph of the little dog with the children and their parents.
The second article on the history of the city’s waxwork museums by Jan Bondeson for the “Edinburgh Evening News” and the “Scotsman” can be found on https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/waxworks-part-2-conjoined-twins-a-half-man-half-elephant-and-a-giant-schoolboy-early-edinburgh-waxworks-brought-freak-shows-to-royal-mile-3175936?amp
Jan Bondeson has written an article for the “Edinburgh Evening News” and the “Scotsman” on the capital’s waxwork museums including the Grand Historical Galleries of Waxworks and Museum at 11 South Bridge.
A new political party has been founded in Edinburgh. Alba has been formed to campaign for an independent Scotland. The website’s cover page has been photographed from the same angle as the painting of the Scottish Volunteer Review which took place in the Queen’s Park in 1860. albaparty.org
Fifty spaces are now available for each Sunday service at Greyfriars. Bookings close when the spaces are filled or three hours before the service begins (whichever comes first). On Easter Day two services will be held. The first at 9.30am and a more or less identical service at 11am. More information and frequently asked questions are available at the booking link below.
You must book your place in advance at: https://greyfriarskirk.com/inperson.