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On Friday 22nd December 2006 14 soldiers who perished in the siege of Edinburgh Castle 1689 were re-buried. These were part of a complement of 100 men who defended the only fortress in the U.K. to support the Stuart monarchy at the time of the Glorious Revolution 1688-89 when the Catholic King James VII of Scotland (King James II of England) was replaced by the Protestants William and Mary.

The soldiers had been buried in the Coal Yard area of the castle but were discovered about 1986. The remains were removed for safe-keeping and analysis by Historic Scotland.

It is believed that the 14 men died of disease rather than through combat. One of the men may be Private Colin Sutherland.

The re-burial was a simple ceremony conducted by an Army chaplain.

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Lady Stairs Close (was Baxter’s Close): Home of Robert Burns for a short period.

6a Nicolson Street (Formerly Nicolson’s): This is where J.K.Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Rutherford’s Howff, Drummond Street: This is a former drinking den patronised by Robert Louis Stevenson.

2 Wellington Place, Leith: Former home of Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.

Sciennes Hill House, Sciennes House Place: Meeting place of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

Riddles Court (was Land) 322 High Street: First permanent home of philosopher, David Hume.

Scotland Street: Setting for Alexander McCall Smith’s novel, 44 Scotland Street.

31 Drummond Place: Home of Compton Mackenzie who wrote ‘Whisky Galore’.

Arden Street, Marchmont: Former home of Ian Rankin, author of Inspector Rebus.

St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge: Former home of novelist, Joan Lingard.

Boyd’s Inn (now Entry), Canongate: Arrival point of Dr. Johnson 1773.

Canongate Kirkyard: Contains graves of Adam Smith (economist), Robert Ferguson (poet) and Agnes McLehose ( known to Robert Burns).

5 The Abbotsford, 3 Rose Street:Meeting place of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and associates during 1950s and early 1960s.

Craiglockhart: Former war hospital where Siegfried Sassoon met Wilfred Owen (poets).

St. Peter’s Church, 77 Falcon Avenue, Morningside: Oscar Wilde used Father John Gray as a role model for the character Dorian Gray.

160 Bruntsfield Place: Birthplace of novelist Muriel Spark.

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David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson formed an Edinburgh based partnership which was active in the early, pioneering days of photography. At that time exposures lasted 2-4 minutes, even on a bright day and for that reason subject(s) eyes were avoided to minimise movement.

In the late Victorian period, Evelyn George Carey was active; he meticulously documented the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge. Also, Alfred Henry Rushbrook was active at the same time.

The best way to view the iconic Forth Rail Bridge is by boat.

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