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ROSEBANK ANGEL’S LOCAL LINKS Editor Mon, 11/01/2021 - 14:51

The photograph shown here of a ‘winter angel’, posted on Twitter at the weekend, prompted some interest among readers.

EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS 3 Editor Sun, 10/01/2021 - 09:06

LEITH POLICE COURT.

(BAILIE M’KELVIE ON THE BENCH.)

THURSDAY

Robert Mearns, labourer, Greenside Row, Edinburgh, was not working about the beginning of the present month, but he devised other and easier means to become the proud possessor of two quart bottles of whisky.

EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS 2 Editor Sun, 03/01/2021 - 09:07

TO-DAY’S POLICE NEWS.

EDINBURGH CITY—Before BAILIE GIBSON.

FORTY-EIGHT HOURS’ CRIME.

There were 74 new prisoners brought to the bar. The charges were: Disorderly, 30; incapable, 22; assault, 7; nuisance, 5; theft, 3; begging and housebreaking, 2 each; and drunk in charge of a child, drunk in charge of a horse, and cruelty to children, 1 each.

FRIENDS FALL OUT.

EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS 1 Editor Sun, 27/12/2020 - 10:05

A Compendium

of

New Town

Noir.

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Viz.

North Edinburgh’s

Back-Streets & Dark Corners

as Reported in

Scottish Broadsheets

during His Late Majesty’s Reign

from 20 January 1901 to 6 May 1910.

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Compiled from Original Sources

& Most Attentively Annotated

for the Convenience, Elucidation & Entertainment

of Generous Subscribers

by

A. J.

HISTORIC HUMBUGGERY Editor Tue, 01/12/2020 - 00:01

The article below, apparently written on Christmas Day 1790, appeared in the Caledonian Mercury on 1 January 1791.

It is possible that the subject matter appealed to some Presbyterian editor sucking in his cheeks at the celebration of a Rome-ish mass south of the Border. But it is more probable that the Editor enjoyed the deadpan humour of a supposed 'member of the Church of England' urging abstemiousness in terms that would have struck many disapproving or hypocritical Scots as excessive.

CAPITAL FOG – IT COULD BE WORSE Editor Tue, 10/11/2020 - 10:42

This morning we woke to a third day of miserable damp gloom.

It may seem grim. But Edinburgh has known worse.

The following article is extracted from a longer piece published in the Scotsman on 16 November 1929 – the day after weather conditions had combined with smoke from coal fires to spectacular effect.

 

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VANDALISM OF THE SCOTT MONUMENT Editor Sun, 01/11/2020 - 08:34

As a companion piece to last month's 'Desecration of the Calton Hill', we reproduce this article from the North Briton (8 December 1877).

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DESECRATION OF THE CALTON HILL Editor Thu, 01/10/2020 - 07:28

Below is the full version of an article which appears in condensed form in the October printed issue of the Spurtle, published today.

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The common people of this country must certainly have the organ of destructiveness enormously developed. Nothing that they can possibly lay their hands upon escapes demolition.

LOCAL STRONGMAN RECALLED Editor Sun, 20/09/2020 - 08:57

Friends of Warriston Cemetery have recently uncovered the headstone of Owen Duffy, a merchant and ‘champion athlete’ who lived from 1848–96.  Duffy has been on Spurtle’s radar for some time.

Duffy was born in Ireland, but at the time of the 1891 census he sold china from his business at 45 Carlyle Place. His home was just down the road at No. 1, where he lived with his wife Isabella and four Edinburgh-born children.

FoWC

THE EVERYDAY BUSINESS OF SOCIABILITY Editor Fri, 28/08/2020 - 14:04

The columns of 19th- and early 20th-century Scottish newspapers carry items of national and international importance, as you’d expect. But surprisingly, they also teem with the business of myriad social and sporting clubs operating in every town and city across the country.

Two examples of local topical interest illustrate this below.