Looking At Edinburgh

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.

22 April 2008

Waverley Station: texting to say “Nearly home”

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a couple texting in Waverley station

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Texting to say “Nearly home”.

25 March 2008

Self-portrait in Waverley Station

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A mirrored window in Waverley Station. I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Self-portrait: Waverley Station.

5 March 2008

The Scotsman Steps at dusk

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I took this photo here. This photo is on Redbubble: The Scotsman Steps at dusk.

A stone tower with a spiral stair links Market Street with North Bridge above. This stairway is open to the public, but for over a hundred years was the most direct way from the Scotsman building on North Bridge to the rear entrance to Waverley Station. (The Scotsman is now produced in a modern building near the Scottish Parliament, down at the foot of the Royal Mile: the Scotsman building is now a hotel.)

Regrettably, the smell most associated with this stairway is urine or disinfectant or a sickening combination of both: for decades, men have used it as a urinal.

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