History

CAPITAL FOG – IT COULD BE WORSE

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 10:42

This morning we woke to a third day of miserable damp gloom.

It may seem grim. But Edinburgh has known worse.

The following article is extracted from a longer piece published in the Scotsman on 16 November 1929 – the day after weather conditions had combined with smoke from coal fires to spectacular effect.

 

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LOCAL STRONGMAN RECALLED

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 20/09/2020 - 08:57

Friends of Warriston Cemetery have recently uncovered the headstone of Owen Duffy, a merchant and ‘champion athlete’ who lived from 1848–96.  Duffy has been on Spurtle’s radar for some time.

Duffy was born in Ireland, but at the time of the 1891 census he sold china from his business at 45 Carlyle Place. His home was just down the road at No. 1, where he lived with his wife Isabella and four Edinburgh-born children.

FoWC

NEWS FROM THE MEWS 45

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 13:45

1900–01

NEARLY A TRAGEDY.—James Douglas, a labourer living in the Canongate, was convicted in Edinburgh Police Court to-day of creating a disturbance in a house in Gilchrist Lane on Tuesday, and threatening to stab Catherine Staiton or Murphy with a pocket knife.

Douglas knew the woman, and called at the house under the influence of drink and created this disturbance, dramatically pulling out a pocket knife and exclaiming, “It’s a knifing match.”

NEWS FROM THE MEWS 44

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 12:42

1900

The (last year of the) XIXth Century Concert.[1]

SATURDAY, 7.30 p.m., MUSIC HALL PROGRAMME[2]

PIANIST … Mr JAS. BOOTH.

 

SONG … “Mona” … Mr. J. W. Bowie.

 

SONG … “Our Jack” … Madame J. W. Craigie.

 

FRAME {(a) “I WANT TO BE A SOLDIER.”}

NEWS FROM THE MEWS 43

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 11:05

1899

TO-DAY’S POLICE NEWS.

EDINBURGH CITY—Before SHERIFF MACONOCHIE

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS’ CRIME.

There were 30 new prisoners brought to the bar. The charges were: Incapable; 12, assault, 5; disorderly, 4; loitering, begging, and theft, 5 each; and drunk in charge of horse, drunk in charge of child, and cruelty to children—one each.

NEWS FROM THE MEWS 42

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 10/08/2020 - 04:05

1898

SENSATIONAL AFFAIR AT STOCKBRIDGE.—A considerable sensation was caused in Church Lane, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, yesterday afternoon, in connection with the attempted execution of a sanitary inspector’s warrant for the examination of a dwelling house there.[1]