Edinburgh 06

Edinburgh Episode 06 The New Town

Elegance and Enlightenment

A visit to Edinburgh’s New Town, with its elegant Georgian streets and squares, to linger a little in the Georgian Museum and to hear tales of the Scottish Enlightenment when, said the editor William Smellie, you could stand at the Mercat Cross and ‘in a few minutes, take 50 men of genius and learning by the hand.’  And the women?  Well, society hostesses Mrs Apreece and Mrs Waddington were much admired, one ‘for the vivacity of her conversation’ and the other ‘for her remarkable beauty and the grace of her manners’

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