Making of Classical Edinburgh In this exposition of the
making of the much quoted, photographed, studied and loved townscapes
of Georgian Edinburgh, A.J. Youngson's recreates and brings
to life one of the most comprehensive, detailed and remarkable
urban expansion programmes ever undertaken. Illustrated with
over 160 photographs and line drawings, it should be an invaluable
work of history and an account of the shaping of one of the
most beautiful cities in Europe.
Edinburgh (Pevsner Buildings of Scotland S.) The historic capital of Scotland is well known as a fortified medieval city with castle and crown-steepled church, its Royal Mile leading down to the Abey and Palace of Holyrood; as a merchant city of the Stuart period with Parliament House and closely built houses and tenements; as a Georgian town with the largest sequence of planned developments in Britain; as a Victorian town of churches and banks, hotels and pubs, of quiet surburbs; and as a twentieth-century city where the Festival and its Fringe have encouraged the rediscovery of old buildings and the planning of new ones. A comprehensive gazetteer is provided to all notable developments of central Edinburgh, the seaport town of Leith and the suburban neighbourhoods.
Lady Stairs Close (was Baxter's Close): Home of Robert Burns for a short period.
6a Nicolson Street (Formerly Nicolson's): This is where J.K.Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Rutherford's Howff, Drummond Street: This is a former drinking den patronised by Robert Louis Stevenson.
2 Wellington Place, Leith: Former home of Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.
Sciennes Hill House, Sciennes House Place: Meeting place of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.
Riddles Court (was Land) 322 High Street: First permanent home of philosopher, David Hume.
Scotland Street: Setting for Alexander McCall Smith's novel, 44 Scotland Street.
31 Drummond Place: Home of Compton Mackenzie who wrote 'Whisky Galore'.
Arden Street, Marchmont: Former home of Ian Rankin, author of Inspector Rebus.
St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge: Former home of novelist, Joan Lingard.
Boyd's Inn (now Entry), Canongate: Arrival point of Dr. Johnson 1773.
Canongate Kirkyard: Contains graves of Adam Smith (economist), Robert Ferguson (poet) and Agnes McLehose ( known to Robert Burns).
5 The Abbotsford, 3 Rose Street:Meeting place of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and associates during 1950s and early 1960s.
Craiglockhart: Former war hospital where Siegfried Sassoon met Wilfred Owen (poets).
St. Peter's Church, 77 Falcon Avenue, Morningside:Oscar Wilde used Father John Gray as a role model for the character Dorian Gray.
160 Bruntsfield Place: Birthplace of novelist Muriel Spark.
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