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Tag: Edinburgh History

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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Who Was Mary King?

2nd Feb, 2021

Our namesake was a woman ahead of her time. Her fascinating story tells of power, fine garments, and the naming of a close.

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Scotland’s Witch Prickers

14th Oct, 2020

Find out more about the insidious witch prickers who used to strike terror into the hearts of Edinburgh’s past residents.

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Whisky and The Close

13th Oct, 2020

In this blog post we look at how the history of The Real Mary King’s Close is intertwined with that of the famous Scottish spirit, whisky.

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10 Things Edinburgh Gave The World

13th May, 2020

What does Dolly, the sheep, have in common with digestive biscuits and the inventor of penicillin? Read on to find out about ten great things Edinburgh contributed to the world.

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5 Powerful Women from Edinburgh’s History

27th Feb, 2020

We discover the powerful women who shaped Edinburgh’s history – from St Triduana in the 4th century to Dr Sophie Jex-Blake in the 19th century.

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Meeting Edinburgh’s Plague Doctor in Real Life

31st Oct, 2019

A plague doctor can be a scary sight. Find out what happens when unsuspecting members of the public meet the physician face-to-face.

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