Launch of Volume 19 of ‘The Book’

The latest issue of the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club

The latest edition of ‘The Book’, the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, Volume 19 is out now. As ever it contains an absorbing collection of original articles on Edinburgh’s rich history.

Wilson Smith, the Editor of the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club announced, “In this volume I can reveal we have shenanigans at Georgian Edinburgh’s Stamp Office; a Napoleonic War veteran’s contribution to Edinburgh’s cityscape; the grisly fate of a Leith Jacobite; Victorian government funding for ‘Scotland’s metropolis’; and how church seat rents contributed to the City’s finances.”

Thomas Blair of the Stamp Office by John Kay (Kays Caricatures)

“With this print-only edition, The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, the Journal for Edinburgh History, confirms its place as a foremost, authoritative source for all aspects of Edinburgh History. Going beyond the article themes, we can delve into the lives of past inhabitants, helped by the inclusion of some family trees. Indeed the colourful local maps of well-known areas will be very familiar to today’s residents. Also included are images of Edinburgh’s Georgian town houses and churches, and some lesser known buildings in Leith.”

Edinburgh Central Library Cataloguing Project

This edition also includes an article by postgraduate student, Matthew Ferrie, who was awarded the very first Old Edinburgh Club Jean Butchart Bursary. Matthew’s article details his experience cataloguing the little-known manuscript collection at Edinburgh Central Library, a collaborative project between the OEC and the Library. You can read about what he learned and what he discovered during his time there in the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection.

Book reviews

To finish, you can read several reviews of recently published books on topics such as Edinburgh tenements, veterinary education, and the Potterrow witch.

How to obtain a copy

The Book of the Old Club, Volume 19 forms part of the benefits of being a member of the OEC. 

Non-members can also order copies at £25 each (plus postage, £3 in the UK). Please contact us if you would like a copy.

Bear in mind that you can join us for just a little more and gain all the benefits of membership. 

You can also purchase issues of the recent volumes and you can freely search, view, and download older issues going back to the Original Series of the Book, first published in 1908. Details here.

Full reference:

The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, The Journal for Edinburgh History
New Series, Volume 19 (2023)
vi, 121 pp., col illus, softbound
ISSN 2634-2618, ISBN 978-0-9933987-8-0

Editor: Dr Wilson Smith

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