BOEC Original Series: Contents

Volume I (1908)

  • Provisional List of Old Houses Remaining in High Street and Canongate of Edinburgh  By Bruce J. Home
  • The Embalming of Montrose  By John Cameron Robbie
  • The Pantheon: An Old Edinburgh Debating Society  By John A. Fairley
  • Sculptured Stones of Old Edinburgh: The Dean Group  By John Geddie
  • The Buildings at the East End of Princes Street and Corner of the North Bridge: A Chapter in the Early History of the New Town of Edinburgh  By William Cowan
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Volume II (1909)

  • Edinburgh at the Time of the Occupation of Prince Charles  By Walter Biggar Blaikie
  • The Flodden Wall of Edinburgh  By W. Moir Bryce
  • The Covenanters’ Prison in the Inner Greyfriars Yard, Edinburgh  By W. Moir Bryce
  • The Cannon-Ball House  By Bruce J. Home
  • The Sculptured Stones of Edinburgh: II. The West-end and Dalry Groups  By John Geddie
  • An Eighteenth Century Survival: The Wagering Club, 1775  By Jas. B. Sutherland
  • At the Back of St. James’s Square  By James Steuart
  • Edinburgh Street Traders and their Cries  By James H. Jamieson
  • Old Cellars and Relics Discovered During the Excavations for the New Chapel at St. Giles’ Cathedral  By Francis Caird Inglis
  • Statues of Justice and Mercy, From the Old Parliament House  By Thomas Ross, LL.D.
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Volume III (1910)

  • The Armorial Bearings of the City of Edinburgh  By Sir James Balfour Paul, LL.D., Lyon King of Arms
  • The Black Friars of Edinburgh  By W. Moir Bruce
  • An Account of the Friday Club, Written by Lord Cockburn, Together with Notes on Certain Other Social Clubs in Edinburgh  By Harry A. Cockburn
  • The Sculptured Stones of Edinburgh: III. Miscellaneous  By John Geddie
  • The History of Parliament Square: Being an Historical Notice of the Southern Precincts of the Church of St. Giles, Edinburgh  By Ralph Richardson
  • Lady Stair’s House  By Thomas B. Whitson
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Volume IV (1911)

  • George Drummond: An Eighteenth Century Lord Provost  By William Baird
  • The Sculptured Stones of Edinburgh: IV. Wrychtis-housis  By John Geddie
  • The Old Tolbooth: With Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • An Old Edinburgh Monument Now in Perthshire  By Thomas Ross, LL.D.
  • The Society of Friendly Contributors of Restalrig  By Rev. W. Burnett
  • Recent Excavations and Researches at Holyrood  By W. T. Oldrieve
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Volume V (1912)

  • Saint Margaret of Scotland and Her Chapel in the Castle of Edinburgh  By W. Moir Bryce
  • The Site of the Black Friars’ Monastery from the Reformation to the Present Day  By William Cowan
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • Moubray House  By Andrew E. Murray
  • Letters from John Bonar to William Creech Concerning the Formation of the Speculative Society  By Rev. Henry Baton
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Volume VI (1913)

  • David’s Tower at Edinburgh Castle  By W. T. Oldrieve
  • The Incorporated Trade of the Skinners of Edinburgh, with Extracts from their Minutes, 1549-1603  By William Angus
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
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Volume VII (1914)

  • The Holyrood Ordinale: a Scottish Version of a Directory of English Augustinian Canons, with Manual and Other Liturgical Forms  Transcribed and Edited by Francis C. Eeles F.S.A.Scot., F.R.Hist.S. Rhind Lecturer in Archaeology, 1913-14
    • Preface
    • Introduction
      1. Method of Editing
      2. Description of the manuscripts
      3. Date of writing
      4. The purpose of the book
      5. Relation to other Service Books in general
      6. Relation to other Scottish Service Books
      7. Relation to English Augustinian Uses
      8. The preliminary matter and the Kalendar
      9. The Martyrology
      10. The Gospels and Homilies for reading in Chapter
      11. The Rule and the Augustinian Order
      12. Local historical matter
      13. The Ordinale
      14. The Manuale
      15. The Litany
      16. The Inventory
    • Text
      • Form of Bidding Prayer
      • At receiving Bretheren
      • Form of Absolution from Excommunication
      • Verses explaining order of Scripture Lessons and Books
      • Kalendar
      • Rules for ‘Histories’ in Divine Service
      • Forms of Excommunication and Absolution
      • Preces at the Day Hours
      • [Martyrology]
      • Gospels and Homiles for reading in Chapter
      • [The Rule of St.Augustine]
      • History of the foundation of Holyrood
      • On a miracle during its erection
      • History of the foundation of St.Mary’s Isle
      • Names of the abbots of Holyrood
      • Ordinale
      • Manuale:
        • Visitation of the Sick
        • The Commendation
        • Burial of the Dead
        • Reception of one brought for burial from outside
        • Procession to Cemetery in Commemoration of Departed
        • Blessing of Meat and Eggs
        • A General Blessing
        • Blessing of Food and Drink
        • For those on a Journey
        • On Saturdays at the Maundy
      • Litany
      • Inventory of Vestments and Ornaments, 1493
    • Appendix I
      • Collation of chief variations in rubrics of a thirteenth century Augustinian Brevary, Brit. Mus., MS. Harl. 5284A, corresponding to parts of the Holyrood Ordinale
    • Appendix II
      • Agreements between the Augustinian Canons of Guisborough and certain Scottish monestaries regarding deceased bretheren in an thirteenth century service book, Brit. Mus. MS. Add. 35,285.
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Volume VIII (1916)

  • The Magdalen Chapel, Cowgate, Edinburgh  By Thomas Ross and G. Baldwin Brown
  • The Visitation of the College of Edinburgh in 1690  By R. K. Hannay
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • John Wesley in Edinburgh  By W. Forbes Gray
  • The Ancient Regalia of Scotland  By W. Moir Bryce
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Volume IX (1916)

  • Incidents and Documents, A.D. 1513-1523  By R. K. Hannay
  • Shipping and the Staple, A.D. 1515-1531  By R. K. Hannay
  • Edinburgh Engravers  By John C. Guy
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • The Sedan Chair in Edinburgh  By James H. Jamieson
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Volume X (1918)

  • The Burgh Muir of Edinburgh from the Records  By William Moir Bryce, LL.D. President of the Club
    1. The Forest of Drumselch and the Burgh Muir
    2. The Grange of St. Giles
    3. The Estate of Bruntsfield
    4. The Lands of Whitehouse
    5. The Muir — David I. to James IV.
    6. The King’s Charter of 1508
    7. The Flodden Campaign
    8. The Magistrates and their Juristiction
    9. The Convent of Saint Catherine of Siena
    10. King James V. and the Burgh Muir
    11. St. Roque’s Chapel and the Lands of Canaan
    12. The Great Plague of 1585
    13. The Wester Burgh Muir
    14. The Easter Burgh Muir
    15. The Fellowship and Society of Brewers of Ale and Beer in Edinburgh
    16. Bruntsfield Links
    17. The South or Burgh Loch
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Volume XI (1922)

  • Map of Edinburgh in the Mid-Eighteenth Century  By Henry F. Kerr
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • Shelley in Edinburgh  By Walter Edwin Peck (M.A., Columbia)
  • On the Antecedents of the College of Justice  By R. K. Hannay
  • The Tailors’ Hall, Cowgate  By Thomas Ross, G. Baldwin Brown, W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XII (1923)

  • Notes on the Names of the Closes and Wynds of Old Edinburgh  By Charles B. Boog Watson
  • The Old Tolbooth: Extracts from the Original Records  By John A. Fairley
  • The Maps of Edinburgh, 1544-1851  By William Cowan
  • Measured Drawings of Lawnmarket and Castlehill made by Thomas Hamilton, Architect  By F. C. Mears
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Volume XIII

  • The Building of the Parliament House  By R. K. Hannay and G. P. H. Watson
  • Bearford’s Parks  By William Cowan
  • List of Owners of Property in Edinburgh, 1635  By Charles B. Boog Watson
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Volume XIV

  • A Note on Huntly House  By William Cowan
  • The Old Tollbooth of Edinburgh  By Henry F. Kerr
  • The Canongate Crafts: An Agreement of 1610  By Annie I. Cameron
  • Mylne Square  By the late Irvine A. Stirling
  • The Sculpted Stones of the “Royal Mile”  By John Geddie
  • The Gardens of the Castle  By C. A. Malcolm
  • Some Inns of the Eighteenth Century  By James H. Jamieson
  • Reminiscences of a Town Clerk  Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XV

  • The Domestic Affairs of the Burgh, 1554-1589  By Marguerite Wood
  • The Sanctuary of Holyrood  By Hugh Hannah
  • Sculpted Stones of the “Royal Mile”: II  By John Geddie
  • The Old Infirmary and Earlier Hospitals  By Robert Thin
  • The Burlaw Court of Leith  By David Robertson
  • The Melville Monument  By W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XVI

  • Extracts from Bannatyne Club Publications
    • Introduction  By W. Forbes Gray
    • A Diurnal of Occurrents, 1513-1575
    • Journal of the Siege of the Castle of Edinburgh, 1573
    • Historie and Life of King James the Sext, 1566-1596
    • Diary of John Nicoll, 1650-1667
    • Historical Notices of Scotish Affairs, 1661-1668  By Sir John Lauder of Fountainhall, Bart.
    • Siege of the Castle of Edinburgh, 1689
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Volume XVII

  • Sir Daniel Wilson: The Man and his Work  By Hugh Hannah
  • ‘Cockpen House,’ Castlehill  By H. A. Cockburn
  • Sculptured Stones of the “Royal Mile”: III  By John Geddie
  • St. Paul’s Work  By Marguerite Wood
  • Gabriel’s and Other Old Roads  Compiled by Henry F. Kerr
  • Charles II. Statue, Parliament Square  By E. J. MacRae
  • The Incorporation of Candlemakers of Edinburgh, 1517-1884  By W. Forbes Gray
  • The General Register House  By Henry M. Paton
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Volume XVIII

  • Early Golf at Bruntsfield and Leith  By C. E. S. Chambers
  • State Ceremonials in Edinburgh in the Olden Time  By Francis J. Grant, C.V.O., LL.D., Lyon King of Arms
  • The Barony of Calton: Part I  By Henry M. Paton
  • George IV. Bridge and the West Approach  By David Robertson
  • Incorporation of Cordiners of the Canongate, 1538-1773  By C. A. Malcolm
  • Notes on Lands of High Riggs, Drumdryan, and Tollcross  By John Smith
  • The Quarrying of Salisburgh Crags  By W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XIX

  • The Hammermen of the Canongate: Part I  By Marguerite Wood
  • Social Assemblies of the Eighteenth Century  By James H. Jamieson
  • The Barony of Calton: Part II  By Henry M. Paton
  • Bonnington: Its Lands and Mansions  By John Russel
  • The Musical Society of Edinburgh and St. Cecilia’s Hall  By W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XX

  • The Grammar School of the Canongate  By H. M. Anderson
  • Dalry House: Its Lands and Owners  By John Smith
  • The Magistrates and Masters of Leith  By David Roberston
  • The Hammermen of the Canongate: Part II  By Marguerite Wood
  • An Eighteenth-Century Riding School  By W. Forbes Gray
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Volume XXI (1936)

  • General Index to the Book of the Old Edinburgh Club Volumes I-XX  Compiled by W. Forbes Gray F.R.S.E., F.S.A.Scot, Editor of the Club’s Publications
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Volume XXII (1938)

  • The Royal Exchange and Other City Improvements  By W. Forbes Gray
  • A Note on the Hopetoun Monument  By W. M. Parker
  • The Edinburgh Charity Workhouse, 1740-1845  By Arthur Birnie
  • East and Wester Crofts of Bristo  By John Smith
  • The Incorporation of the Tailors of the Canongate  By W. H.Marwick
  • Medical Quacks in Edinburgh in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries  By Robert Thin
  • The Builder of Pilrig House  By John Russell
  • The New Town of Edinburgh – I  By F. C. Mears and John Russell
  • The Story of Craigentinny  By James Smith
  • Peter Williamson’s Broadside  By William J. Hay
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Volume XXIII

  • The New Town of Edinburgh – II  By F. C. Mears and John Russell
  • Gleanings from Scottish Exchequer Reports  W. Forbes Gray
  • The Story of Piershill  James Smith
  • The Neighbourhood Book  Marguerite Wood
  • Notes on an Old Lawsuit About Duddingston Mills  Henry M. Paton
  • St. Leonards Lands and Hospital  (John Smith), Henry M. Paton
  • Lord Kames and the North Bridge  Thomas McCrae
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Volume XXIV (1942)

  • Diary of George Sandy, Apprentice W.S., 1788  By Charles A. Malcolm
  • Historic Morningside: Lands Mansions and Celebrities  By William Mair
  • The Bore Stone  By Henry M. Paton
  • ‘All the Statelie Buildings of … Thomas Roberston’ — A Building Speculator of the Seventeenth Century  By Marguerite Wood
  • The Lands of Newington and their Owners  By W. Forbes Gray
  • Lands of St. Leonards: Southern Section  By Henry M. Paton
  • Cardinal Beaton’s Palace: Blackfriar’s Wynd  By Henry F. Kerr
  • Miscellany
    1. License to Travel
    2. The Mound
    3. Ross (Bristo) House
    4. Gayfield Square
    5. Canongate Church
    6. Tennis
    7. St. Leonard’s Land and Hospital
    8. The General Register House
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Volume XXV (1945)

  • The Weavers of Picardy  By John Mason
  • Notes on the History of Pilton  By W. Forbes Gray
  • Early Paper Making near Edinburgh  By Robert Waterson
  • Lands and Houses of Drumsheugh  By John Clark Wilson
  • Edinburgh Poll Tax Returns  By Marguerite Wood
  • Skene Drawings of Old Edinburgh  By Robert Butchart
  • Old Dovecotes in and around Edinburgh  By A. Niven Robertson
  • Miscellany
    1. Memories of Morningside
    2. Contracts for Tombstones
    3. Notes of a Visit to Edinburgh, 1778
    4. Porters and Tronmen
    5. Unrecorded Stone
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Volume XXVI (1948)

  • George Square: Annals of an Edinburgh Locality, 1766-1926, from Athentic Records  By Margaret Tait and W. Forbes Gray
    1. Historical Background
    2. Brown’s ‘Centrical Area’
    3. Surroundings in Bygone Times
    4. Famous Residents — North Row
    5. Famous Residents — West Row
    6. Famous Residents — South Row
    7. Famous Residents — East Row
    8. Celebrities and Unidentified Houses
    9. Note on the Architecture
    10. List of Inhabitants, 1766-1926
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Volume XXVII (1949)

  • Edinburgh in Lord Provost Drummond’s Time  By W. Forbes Gray
  • The Hermitage of Braid  By C. A. Malcolm
  • Edinburgh House Numbers  By Frank Cent
  • The Edinburgh School of Design  By John Mason
  • Old Sundials in and near Edinburgh  By A. Niven Robertson
  • An Edinburgh Diary  By Henry W. Meikle
  • Some Notes on the Early History of the Dean Orphan Hospital  By John Richardson
  • Miscellany
    1. Dovecotes  By A. Niven Robertson
    2. A Servitude Footpath  By Henry Tod, Junr.
    3. Friends Burial Place, Pleasance  By Miss E. Mein
    4. A Forgotten Grave  By F. Gent
    5. The Lochs of Drylaw  By W. Forbes Gray
    6. Two Old Edinburgh Characters  By Miss M Tait
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Volume XXVIII (1953)

  • The Minutes of the Trades Maiden Hospital  By Rev. Edwin S. Towill
  • James Ronaldson, Baker, Typefounder, Philanthropist, and his Connexions in and around Edinburgh  By Miss M. Tait
  • An Addition to Laing’s Chartulary of St. Giles  By Miss Marguerite Wood
  • St. John Street: An Early Civic Improvement  By the late W. Forbes Gray
  • Convoys to the Trade on the East Coast of Scotland  By Miss Helen Armet
  • Ice Houses of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries  By A. Niven Robertson
  • The Notebook of Sir William Fettes, Bart.  By Miss Marguerite Wood
  • Charles II Lead Equestrian Statue, Parliament Square, Edinburgh  By A. G Forgie
  • William Forbes Gray: An Appreciation  By the Editor
  • Miscellany
    1. Echo of an Edinburgh Election  By Miss M. Tait
    2. A Peep at Edinburgh in the Summer of 1768  [Ed.]
    3. ‘Further Notes on Early Paper Making near Edinburgh’ (Corrigenda)  By Robert Waterston
    4. A French Emigré in Edinburgh in 1797  By J. W. Joyce
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Volume XXIX (1956)

  • The Minutes of the Merchant Maiden Hospital  By Rev. Edwin S. Towill
  • The Tron Church  By Miss Marguerite Wood
  • Notes on Rebuilding in Edinburgh in the Last Quarter of the Seventeenth Century  By Miss Helen Armet
  • Extracts from an Edinburgh Journal, 1823-1833: Part I (1823-1828)  By D. G. Moir
  • Miscellany
    1. The Society of Bowlers  By Miss Helen Armet
    2. Sentence by the Balies, 24th August 1738  By Miss Helen Armet
    3. The Loyal Edinburgh Spearmen  By Major H. P. E. Pereia
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Volume XXX (1959)

  • Treverlen, Duddingston and Arthur’ Seat  By G. W. S. Barrow
  • The Topography of the Water of Leith Village  By Basil C. Skinner
  • Allan Ramsay of Kinkeill’s Property on the Castlehill  By Helen Armet
  • William’s Hut  By Margaret Tait
  • Lost Opportunities: An Account of Some of Edinburgh’s Unrealised Projects  By R. Butchart
  • Extracts from the Journal of Jessy Allan, Wife of John Harden, 1801-1811  By William Park
  • Shops in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Edinburgh  By W. H. Marwick
  • Extracts from an Edinburgh Journal, 1823-1833: Part II (1829-1833)  By D. G. Moir
  • Edinburgh Manuscripts in Possession of Edinburgh Public Libraries
  • Miscellany
    1. An Inventory of 1709  By Helen Armet
    2. The Origins of the Dean Bridge Project  By Basil C. Skinner
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Volume XXXI (1962)

  • The Tower of Merchiston: I. History  By Helen Armet
  • The Tower of Merchiston: II. Architecture  By Stuart Harris
  • George Heriot’s Hospital  By W. Douglas Simpson
  • An Old Edinburgh Club  By Alexander Clark
  • A Contemporary Account of the Royal Visit to Edinburgh, 1822  By B. C. Skinner
  • Edinburgh Manuscripts in the Possession of the University of Edinburgh Library
  • Miscellany
    1. Letters from Dr. Gregory and Sir Henry Raeburn  By John Richardson
    2. Clothing as a Pledge  By Helen Armet
    3. Siezure for Debt  By Helen Armet
    4. Disgraceful Conduct of a Burgess  By Helen Armet
    5. The Apprentice Agreement of Two Girls in 1638  By Helen Armet
    6. Lost Opportunities – Nor’ Loch  By R. Buchart
    7. Three More Huts  By Mararet Tait
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Volume XXXII (1966)

  • Map of the Siege of Leith, 1560  Gordon Donaldson
  • Two Notable Epidemics in Edinburgh and Leith  By H. P. Tait
  • Some Edinburgh Furniture Makers  By Francis Bamford
  • Edinburgh Castle, 1751-1753  By T. I. Rae
  • Teachers in Edinburgh in the Eighteenth Century  By Alexander Law
  • The Loyal Edinburgh Spearmen  By Helen Armet
  • George Combe and the 1836 Election for the Edinburgh University Chair of Logic  By A. Cameron Grant
  • The Dean Gardens  By Neil Bayne
  • Tollcross to Morningside in the Olden Days  By Andrew Patterson
  • Miscellany
    1. A Dispute Between Guild Brothers  By Helen Armet
    2. Edinburgh in the Pitcalnie Papers  By Miss R. R. Williamson Ross of Pitcalnie
    3. Early Inhabitants of George Square  By Margaret Tait
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  • Part 1 (1969)
  • James Hossack – Honorary Secretary of the Old Edinburgh Club, 1953-1965
  • The Tower of Merchiston – A Supplementary Report  By Stuart Harris
  • Three Little-Known Early Drawings of Edinburgh Castle  By John G. Dunbar
  • The Recollections of Lindsay Rae – Bowmaker to the Royal Company of Archers  By Sir James Fergusson
  • The Edinburgh Branch of the Scottish National Union of Cabinet and Chair Makers, 1833-1837  By Ian MacDougall
  • James McLaren, Schoolmaster  By The late Miss Elizabeth Hume Ross
  • Municipal Politics in Victorian Edinburgh  By W. H. Marwick
  • The Edinburgh Literary Institute  By W. H. Marwick
  • The Bible Land Manuscript
  • The Scottish Marine Station for Scientific Research, Granton, 1884 to 1903  By W. N. Boog Watson
  • Miscellany
    1. Edinburgh in the Pitcalnie Papers again
  • Part 2 (1971)
  • Extracts from the Diary of the Rev. David Aitken, D.D. 1864-1875  By R. G. Heddle
  • The Edinburgh Skating Club  By Margaret Elliot
  • Part 3 (1972)
  • The Balm-Well of Saint Catherine, Liberton  By W. N. Boog Watson
  • Dr Thomas Latta  By Alastair H. B. Masson
  • The Mercat Cross of Edinburgh  By Stuart Harris
  • The Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway  By Angus Graham
  • Three Edinburgh Microscope Makers: John Finlayson, William Roberston and John Clark  By D. J. Bryden
  • “Hamilton Place Academy”  A Prospectus of 1859
  • Appreciations
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Volume XXXIV

  • Part I (1974)
  • The Regality and Barony of Broughton: Some of its Characters and Personalities, 1592-1600  By Andrew H. Anderson
  • Survey of the Development of Edinburgh  By Dr Marguerite Wood
  • Part 2 (1979)
  • Early Baths and Bagnios in Edinburgh  By the late W. N. Boog Watson
  • John Knox in the Bishop of Dunkeld’s “Great Lodging”  By W. Stanford Reid
  • Excavations on the Site of the Chapel of St Mary and St James, Newhaven  By J. C. Wallace
  • Edinburgh’s Village Suburbs, 1800-1939  By Alan J. Strachan
  • Boswell’s Court, Castlehill  By Philip L. Wilson
  • John Adams, Debtor  By R. E. Scott
  • Edinburgh University’s Extension Scheme of 1874  By Peter D. Savage
  • Part 3 (1983)
  • Road Administration in Midlothian in the Early Eighteenth Century  By R. G. Heddle
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Volume XXXV

  • Part 1 (1981)
  • A Schoolboy’s Diary for 1850  By Roy R. Campbell
  • Part 2 (1985)
  • Midlothian – or the Shire of Edinburgh?  By Professor G. W. S. Barrow
  • Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Simon Preston’s House  By Stuart Harris
  • The French Prisons in Edinburgh Castle  By N. G. Allen
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