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Old Town, From Princes Street

Old Town, From Princes Street

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 3

Length: 9.6

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Old Town of Edinburgh presents many rare and valuable objects of interest to every true Scotchman. High Street, its principal thoroughfare, extends from the Castle to Holyrood, and is replete with historical associations of times gone by. From it branch out in every direction lanes and alleys, now inhabited by the lower classes, but which at one time were the birthplaces and residences of 'lairds' and lords. In this street is the Tron Church, which took its name from the 'Tron' or weighing beam formerly on its site, on which also malefactors and false notaries were nailed by the ears. Near this is pointed out the place where Queen Mary and Darnley resided for some time after the murder of Rizzio; and at a little distance is the house of the celebrated Reformer, John Knox."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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