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View of the City of Edinburgh

View of the City of Edinburgh

Artist: Riddell, Robert Andrew

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 4.d

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Edinburgh, Scotland. A large basalt rock rising to a height of approximately 80 meters or 260 feet, dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. This rock was first fortified in the 7th century by a Celtic tribe known as the Votadini. At this time the rock was known as Din Eidyn which loosely translates as the ‘stronghold of Eidyn’. It was later that the name became Anglicised to Edinburgh. The walled town of Edinburgh was originally very small, extending to only about 1 square mile around a castle that was built at the top of the rock. Edinburgh became the capital of Scotland in the 15th century when it became the seat of Government as well as the residence of the King. The town developed in the 18th century with the creation of a New Town.

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