Duddingston: its story in 50 objects
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"This timely book will help to preserve this heritage for centuries to come" - Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Duddingston is Edinburgh’s most distinctive village. Within its tiny area stand several outstanding buildings, including 12th century Duddingston Kirk and 18th century Duddingston House. It is home to Scotland’s oldest pub, the Sheep Heid, Dr Neils ‘secret garden’ and Edinburgh’s oldest railway, the Innocent. Visitors can enjoy the wildlife of Duddingston Loch, with its backdrop of the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. This book was created by the Duddingston Conservation Society to tell its story through 50 carefully chosen objects. With 180 photos and concise text it probes beneath the surface to reveal some amazing human stories. There is practical information for visitors including maps and where to find refreshments and bus stops.
This book tells you all you need about how to explore Duddingston in person or from your armchair. It includes:
- detailed maps showing where to find the 50 objects
- concise text about each object
- background on the history and heritage
- biography of Duddingston’s ‘painting minister’
- architecture, wildlife and human stories
- practical details about public transport, parking and refreshments
- over 180 photographs, nearly all in colour.
The book does not plod along a time line, but tells the human stories about Duddingston’s many interesting characters, such as
- the bachelor 8th Earl of Abercorn who built Duddingston House in 1769 to host lavish entertainment
- Rev John Thomson, the famous painting minister and close friend of Walter Scott
- young Annie Stewart who was accidentally resurrected by grave robbers
- James Tytler, encyclopaedist, balloonist and seditionist, whose life ended in financial disaster and exile.
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