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Mary King’s Close Blog

Read fascinating tales from The Close and delve deeper into Scotland’s turbulent history and beyond in our blog.

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Burns Night’s History and Traditions

8th Jan, 2022

Every January one of the most famous people from Scotland’s history is celebrated: Robert Burns. As Burns Night approaches it is the perfect time to learn about why and how it is celebrated, in addition to an interesting connection to The Real Mary King’s Close.   Who was Robert Burns? Robert Burns (a.k.a Rabbie Burns) …

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What inspired Edinburgh’s street names?

14th Dec, 2021

The Real Mary King’s Close is not the only street in Edinburgh with an interesting story behind its name. In a city with such a rich history, it’s not surprising that the street names reflect its past. The Georgian New Town The New Town was built during the Georgian period. Those who could afford it …

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The Burke and Hare murders

5th Nov, 2021

In 1828, Edinburgh was a European centre for studying anatomy. Pioneering anatomy teachers taught at the Royal College of Surgeons and dissected bodies during lectures in front of many eager students. However, the strict laws around which bodies could be used led to a shortage. Burke and Hare found a way to earn money from a desperate anatomist during this crisis in a terrifying chapter of Edinburgh’s history.

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Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town: what is the difference?

26th Oct, 2021

During visits to Edinburgh you have likely passed through the Old Town and the New Town. You might have even wondered why the areas look so different, despite being so close to each other. The answer lies in their history.

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Epidemics of 1645 and now: Old Problems, Same Solutions?

6th Sep, 2021

Earlier this year The Real Mary King’s Close broadcast a live virtual tour filled with interesting findings and acclaimed expertise from our knowledgeable guides and fellow history buffs. One certain history buff, Dr Aaron Allen, a Scottish History Expert from The University of Edinburgh decided to go one step further and compare the Epidemics of 1645 and now, detailing how the same old problems, sometimes require the same old solutions.

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