Brighter days are coming……
With definite hints of spring in the air and the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continuing apace, it surely won’t be too long before life becomes much more enjoyable. All we have to do is hold our collective resolve a little longer until the crisis passes.
In the meantime, this issue of Edinburgh Life contains much to distract, entertain and inform:
We celebrate Edinburgh’s rugby heritage in the light of Scotland’s memorable 11-6 victory at Twickenham; unwrap the mysteries of the Galloway Hoard which is due to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland and feature the beautiful watercolours collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which are due to show at the Queen’s Gallery.
Plus we look at Pilrig Park’s links with the 1560 Siege of Leith, tell of Sir Walter Scott’s distinct reluctance to travel far from his beloved homeland, and recount the tragic events in early 1914 concerning a Portobello doctor whose breathtaking incompetence led to the death of a young mother, but who still had a substantial monument erected in his memory!
Finally, my warmest congratulations to Alexander McCall Smith on being named the recipient of the 2020 Edinburgh Award. Just some of his many achievements can be read about on page 6, and I really I can’t think of anyone more deserving of our city’s recognition.
Enjoy the read
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Front Cover: St Andrew Square from the front of Dundas House, the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ
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Galloway Hoard at National Museum
Royal watercolours at Queen’s Gallery
Edinburgh’s rugby heritage
Sir Walter Scott’s Grand Tour
Historic Pilrig Park
Alexander McCall Smith to receive Edinburgh Award
Portobello’s unfortunate doctor
Mystery city images - identified!
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Calton Hill spring vista
This page: Daffodils in West Princes Street Garden, looking towards the Bank of Scotland HQ at the top of the Mound Back Cover: Looking down on Greenside Church and across North Edinburgh from the Nelson Monument on Calton Hil
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