Edinburgh 05

Edinburgh Episode 05 The Old Town

Auld Reekie

We visit Edinburgh’s Old Town, or ‘Auld Reekie’ as the poet Robert Fergusson called it. Thankfully, Daniel Defoe’s 18th century warning that when walking the streets at night you risk ‘having Chamber Pots of Ordure thrown upon your head’ no longer applies. We visit two informative museums – The Real Mary King’s Close and Gladstone’s Land – and then bring you the story of the city’s most infamous resident, Deacon Brodie, pious citizen by day, but at night, ‘a gambler and a thief, dissipated and licentious.’

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