Looking At Edinburgh

15 November 2008

The Forth Bridges Accordion Band

Accordion and Drum band playing on Princes Street in front of Register House

There I was walking along Princes Street feeling a little down (not excessively so: just kind of Saturday-afternoon-shopping-down) and suddenly I could hear lively music like a marching band, with accordions and drums.

Which turned out to be The Forth Bridges Accordion Band (on bebo) which “are a new marching accordion band started up in the East of Scotland in South Queenferry … to provide learning facilities for people who want to learn an instrument such as the drum or accordion.” Though they’re also looking for experienced players. They sound great. Band Practice is Wednesday 7pm-9pm at Vennel Halls, according to the card one of them gave me.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Forth Bridges Band.

(One of the band members contacted me via Redbubble to let me know this was their first public performance: it sounded great, and I hope it’s the first of many.)

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15 September 2008

Anne Rutherford’s Grave

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gravestone in a garden

Anne Rutherford was born in 1739: she descends from the Haliburtons of Newmains, who have the hereditary right of burial in Dryburgh Abbey. The Rutherfords were a clan of Border warriors and reivers, “celebrated in many a family legend”. Jean Swinton, her mother, was of “one of the oldest families in Scotland, claiming descent from the Earls of Douglas”. John Rutherford, her father, was Professor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh: he had been appointed to the Chair of Theory and Practice of Medicine in 1726 after studying in Leyden under Herman Boerhaave. (Family Background)

In April 1758, Anne Rutherford married Walter Scott: the Scotts are described as “a bellicose and litigious clan who since the tenth century had played a prominent role in the warfare and internecine strife that wracked the Border region”. She had 13 children: six of whom died in infancy. The ninth son, born 15th August 1771, was named Walter after his father, and survived an early bout of polio to become one of the most successful and influential writers in Scotland: his memorial stands at the East End of Princes Street, and Waverley Station is named after his most famous novel. (Poet, Novelist)

Anne Rutherford’s husband Walter Scott died in 1799: Anne Rutherford died in 1819. As Scottish custom was until well into the 20th century, she was buried under her own name, in the small enclosure at the east end of St Johns Cathedral at the West End of Princes Street.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Anne Rutherford.

14 September 2008

Puppy on the pavement of Princes Street

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black and white puppy flopped out on the pavement

This photo is available on Redbubble: Puppy on the pavement.

10 August 2008

National Gallery skyline

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clouds above National Gallery

This photo is available on Redbubble: Keyhole in the sky.

21 July 2008

Cafe overlooking Gardens

The terrace cafe overlooking Princes Street Gardens

So much of Edinburgh is underground, in cellars and tunnels. This cafe was built in the underground complex that linked the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy -what is now called the Weston Link. (More here.) The cafe is underneath the Mound and looks over Princes Street Gardens towards Waverley Station.

This photo is available on Redbubble:National Galleries in Edinburgh.

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