Episode 9: Edinburgh’s History Museums

James VI and I is born

Last Updated on April 10, 2023 by Ctybr67k

This is our round-up of Edinburgh’s history museums. We point you towards lots of goodies; the original National Covenant document, (4000 signatures opposing Charles I and his liturgical reforms), the dog collar and feeding bowl which belonged to Greyfriar’s Bobby, the Lewis chess pieces, the Democracy for Scotland tent ….. Or maybe you just want to hear about the wealth of medical horrors and intrigues at the city’s two medical museums. It’s all here.


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Useful links for tourists







General Edinburgh information

Forever Edinburgh
All About Edinburgh 
Visit Scotland
Edinburgh International Festival 
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

4 useful guidebooks
Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh
Pocket Rough Guide to Edinburgh
Only in Edinburgh A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects by Duncan J D Smith
Edinburgh on Foot A Pocket Walking Guide by Richard Hallewell

4 useful history books
A History of Edinburgh by Christopher McNab
Edinburgh, A History of the City by Michael Fry
Edinburgh Curiosities by James U Thomson
Horrible Histories Edinburgh by Terry Deary

2 Anthologies

Edinburgh, A Traveller’s Reader by David Daiches
Book Lover’s Edinburgh A Guide and Companion by Allan Foster

5 novels set in Edinburgh
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (plus all his other novels!)
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (plus over a dozen novels in the series)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
One Day by David Nicholls

Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson Edited by Ernest Mehew
Johnson and Boswell in Scotland Edited by Pat Rogers
Scottish Art by Murdo Macdonald