Winner of Great Debate 2024: Emma Crow

Great Debate finalists 2024

National debate for schools The Historical Association recently announced the winner of the Great Debate 2024: Emma Crow from Broxburn Academy, Broxburn, West Lothian.  The Old Edinburgh Club was asked to provide a judge for the Scottish Finals and we were represented by Jo Chapman. Jo and her fellow judges selected Emma and we are absolutely delighted to be able […]

Reviving the Trinity Stones: Easter update

Trinity Collegiate Church from Lower Calton by Henry Duguid 1848

  Last week Jill Harrison was out and about in Edinburgh looking for more pieces of her Trinity Stones jigsaw puzzle and gives us her Easter update. “I had been alerted to an exciting new fragment in a secret location and it would indeed appear to be another example of a fascinating medieval stone. A […]

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 […]

Old Edinburgh Reborn

St Giles & Parliament Square

Creating virtual photographs of Edinburgh in the 1700s Introducing ‘Old Edinburgh Reborn’ Photography came to Edinburgh in the early 1840s and the city has been meticulously documented through paintings, prints, maps and plans for centuries before. A new project, Old Edinburgh Reborn, takes cutting-edge techniques of 3D modelling and CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) to build […]

Reviving the Trinity Stones: A Treasure Hunt and a Jigsaw Puzzle

The two year Reviving the Trinity Stones project will be an exciting combination of a treasure hunt and jigsaw puzzle.. It is enabled by a Jean Guild Grant from the Old Edinburgh Club  The Back Story In 1460 Mary of Guelders built her ambitious charitable foundation of a hospital and the Trinity Collegiate Church  below the Calton […]

Table Tennis: A Notable Absence

Capturing vanishing Edinburgh history The Old Edinburgh Club has a mission to uncover and capture vanishing evidence of Edinburgh’s history. Table tennis is, I believe, a clear example of a portion of Edinburgh’s history in danger. Many people have played the game in a social context or on the kitchen table but its existence as […]

George Heriot, 400th Anniversary

National Portrait Gallery, London

12th February 2024 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of George Heriot. His name is well known in Edinburgh for the extraordinary legacy he left to the city and its people after his death, whereby so many orphans and children have benefited from his kindness. Remembered in buildings and streets names of Edinburgh, his […]

‘The Queen’s Lender’ review

The Queen's Lender cover

The eponymous hero of this historical novel is George Heriot, jeweller to Queen Anna of Denmark, consort of James VI. The story extends from Edinburgh in 1593 to London in 1603 when James VI becomes James I and on to Heriot’s death in 1624. It is told as a series of short vignettes illustrating how […]