Edinburgh Diary 1821-1830
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1825 The foundation stone of the new Royal High School on Calton Hill is laid on 28th July. The school, whose origins go back to 1128 has relocated several times. The Calton Hill building is now New Parliament House.
1826 The New Town Markets for the sale of fresh fish and poultry are opened. They are said to be the best of their kind in Great Britain.
1827 Edinburgh suffers great snowstorms on March 7th and 8th and again on April 21st. Roads are blocked for several days and some drifts are as high as the outside passengers on the mail coaches.
1829 On 28th January, a large crowd gathers to watch the execution of William Burke, a serial murderer who, along with William Hare, has sold the bodies of his victims for dissecting purposes. Later 24,000 people go to see Burke’s body as it lies on a dissecting table at the Surgeon’s Hall.
1830 King George IV dies on June 26th. The new king William IV is proclaimed at the Cross by the Lord Provost and other officials.
Keywords: Europe, European, ancestry, ancestors, family history, genealogy, Caledonian, Scotland, Scottish
[This article first appeared in the now obsolete Discover My Past Scotland 2010]