Meet the family that lived on Calton Hill

PERCHED high atop Calton Hill, the Nelson Monument is one of Edinburgh’s must-visit tourist attractions, offering unrivalled panoramic vistas of the entire city and beyond.

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The Nor' Loch once filled the deep valley on the north side of Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

Five of Edinburgh’s lost lochs

FOR every hill in Scotland’s capital - and there are several - there was once twice as many lochs. Had they survived, the ‘Athens of the North’ would have had more in common with Venice.

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Beaumont Place tenements demolished - General view showing area cleared to ground level. Picture: TSPL

The ‘Penny Tenement’ collapse that changed Edinburgh forever

LIKE A dormant volcano, it was a disaster waiting to happen, but sadly the authorities failed to act in time. The Penny Tenement collapse of 1959 left 19 families homeless and prompted the eradication of Edinburgh’s slums.

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There was a public outcry when the Life Association of Scotland building was demolished in 1967. Picture: TSPL

The destruction of a Princes Street palazzo

IT HAD been labelled one of Britain’s most architecturally valuable buildings, but nothing could halt the destruction of Princes Street’s magnificent “palazzo”.

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A stretch of pavement measuring 120 yards along Queen Street was shattered in 1945. Picture: The Scotsman

The 1945 blast which shook central Edinburgh

ON THE night of 24 August 1945 the centre of Edinburgh was rocked by a colossal explosion which tore up 120 yards of Queen Street.

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The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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Madame Doubtfire outside her shop in 1973. Picture: Jane Glover

How Mrs Doubtfire was based on a Stockbridge shopkeeper

GROWING up in the 1990s, I was well acquainted with the Hollywood box office hit about a cross-dressing, half-Scottish nanny played by the sorely-missed Robin Williams.

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Nirvana play in Edinburgh in 1991. Picture: Copyright Mary Boon.

Memories of Edinburgh’s most legendary gigs

THERE was a time when the city’s music aficionados didn’t have to stray too far to see their heroes.

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The interior of Drumsheugh Baths showing the 70ft pool. Picture: Kate Chandler

A trip back in time: Edinburgh’s exclusive Victorian baths

EDINBURGH’S luxurious Drumsheugh swimming baths have been a popular hotspot for well-heeled individuals for well over a century.

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The main hall for the 1886 International Exhibition filled half of the Meadows. Picture: Contributed

Surviving relics of the 1886 Edinburgh International Exhibition

MORE than 130 years since its closing night, traces of the Edinburgh International Exhibition of 1886 are easy to find if you know where to look.

Neil Guthrie's recreations of iconic scenes from the film Trainspotting have taken the internet by storm.

Trainspotting ‘then and now’ series proves online hit

A SERIES of innovative then and now photos recreating iconic scenes from the original Trainspotting film has gone down a storm on social media.

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Scotland fans show their support versus Georgia. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The origins of Scotland’s most popular football chants

WITH melodies pinched from operas, church hymns, folk songs, nursery rhymes, and patriotic Cuban anthems about elderly peasant women from Guantanamo, the origins of Scotland’s favourite terrace chants are as diverse as they are fascinating.

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19th century view of Edinburgh showing Calton Jail in the foreground. Picture: Contributed

Calton Jail’s most daring escapes

IT WAS once described as “the poorhouse of all prisons, with the cold chill of a grim fortress”. No wonder then, that so many risked life, limb and future freedom escaping Edinburgh’s notorious Calton Jail.

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Bessie Watson, aged 9, dressed for the Womens Franchise Procession and Demonstration in October 1909. Picture: The People's Story, Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

The incredible story of Bessie Watson: the youngest suffragette

SHE WAS the girl piper who joined the suffragette movement at its peak and attracted the attention of some of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.

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The famous opening scene features Renton and Spud running down Princes Street after stealing goods from John Menzies. Picture: Film4.

Five Trainspotting locations which have changed beyond recognition

IRVINE Welsh’s Trainspotting with its mean streets, drug-ridden council estates, and dodgy toilets showed the world a gritty side of Scotland’s capital they had never seen before.

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Bill and Helen Teviotdale, owners of Casey's sweet shop on St Mary's Street, stand outside their shop in 2002. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

Edinburgh’s lost sweet shops remembered by city’s residents

CHOOSE sweets, choose acid drops, choose jelly babies, choose a really big gobstopper. Choose sherbert dabs, kola kubes, parma violets, Edinburgh rock and liquorice straps in a wee paper bag.

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Crowds gather at The Mound in Edinburgh to watch the lights of the Norwegian Christmas tree being switched on, December 1988. Picture: TSPL

Memories of Edinburgh’s Christmases past

There was a time when Edinburgh’s Christmas was a much simpler affair, an era when young and old descended on Waverley Market to enjoy the quaint fairground delights of its Christmas Carnival, mulled over which of the city’s numerous department store Grottos to visit, and swamped the Mound in their hundreds to witness the switching on of the big Christmas tree.

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Leckie's coal depot at St Leonards. Picture: Ron Leckie

Memories of Leckie & Sons: the Edinburgh coal merchants

When the weather outside was frightful they were the capital’s angels with dirty faces – the coal men who put the reek in Auld Reekie and the colour into people’s cheeks.

Meeting Santa at his grotto is long-standing Christmas tradition across the world, but did it all start in Edinburgh? Picture: TSPL

Can Edinburgh claim the world’s first Santa’s Grotto?

ACCORDING to numerous sources the “world’s first Santa’s Grotto” appeared at Lewis’s Bon Marche department store in Liverpool, laying the foundations for a cherished Christmas tradition which would be copied around the globe - but is this really accurate?

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How an Edinburgh gravestone inspired Ebenezer Scrooge

EBENEZER Scrooge: the quintessential miserly, old curmudgeon. How appropriate then to have been inspired by a Scot.

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