Bakehouse Close Edinburgh

Earlier this year Outlander was filming in Edinburgh in Bakehouse Close just off the Royal Mile. I didn’t manage to visit when the crew were in town but a few weeks after they left I visited the close.

I believe the close was used for the print makers fire.

Today Bakehouse Close in the Canongate is perhaps the best preserved Old Town close, and a visit here gives a good impression of what living in the old city must have been like.From a legal document of 1762 we know the complete mixture of people who used to live here, including Lord Adam Gordon; David Doig, merchant; William Dunbar, weaver and Ewen, a letter carrier. Source – Edinburgh World Heritage

Edinburgh Walking Tour

I am catching up on my blog posts and had released I hadn’t posted about The Edinburgh Outlander Experience by Mercat Tours. At the end of October Jan and I went on the tour.

It started at the Mercat Cross next to St Giles Cathedral. The guide showed us where the old Tolbooth use to be – marked in the cobbles outside St Giles near the Heart of Midlothian. While the guide was telling us about the Tolbooth a passer by was seen spitting on the Heart of Midlothian. It is thought that is where the old Tolbooth door was people use to spit on the door.

From St Giles we headed up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle stopping at a close which showed roughly what it may have been like in the 1700s. At the Castle the guide showed us the monument to the witches who had been burned.

We then walked down the Royal Mile stopping at places of interest. The tour ended at Holyrood Palace.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Today I went for a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. I had been before but not for a few years. The palace is mentioned in Dragonfly in Amber as where Prince Charlie set up court after the Battle of Prestonpans. Holyroodhouse became the symbolic residence of Prince Charlie in his Scottish capital; he conducted his offical business in the Palace and lunched in public view. The Great Gallery became the setting for a ball and other evening entertainments. The pictures in the Great Gallery were damaged by Red Coats when they were billeted at Holyroodhouse in 1746.

Edinburgh Castle

I realise this hasn’t featured in the series yet but it does get a  mention in Dragonfly in Amber. The castle has parts that date back to the 18th century and before with buildings added in the 1800s. Although it does have royal apartments it has mainly been a barracks and in the late 1700s and 1800s a prison. Although the Jacobites took Edinburgh easily they never managed to take control of Edinburgh Castle. Prince Charlie set up court at the other end of the Royal Mile at Holyrood Palace.

This was my third visit to the castle this year. As a primary teacher I have taken classes to the castle when we have been studying castles. This visit I was looking for the Jacobite connection. It wasn’t easy as the castle was very busy with queues for the Jewels of Scotland exhibition. I think I’ll leave my next visit to the quiet season.

Before entering or when you exit the castle look out for the witches well.

The Plaque Reads…

“This Fountain, designed by John Duncan, R.S.A.
Is near thP1010103e site on which many witches were burned at the stake. The wicked head and serene head signify that some used their exceptional knowledge for evil purposes while others were misunderstood and wished their kind nothing but good. The serpent has the dual significance of evil and wisdom. The Foxglove spray further emphasises the dual purpose of many common objects.”

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