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Identifier: cassellsoldnewed02gran
Title: Cassell's Old and new Edinburgh: its history, its people, and its places
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Grant, James, 1822-1887
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Publisher: London, New York : Cassell, Petter, Galpin
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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its inhabitants, usually Irisii of thelowest class, and by the association of its name with 224 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. t\Ve;t Port. the dreadful Irish murders in 1828; but its reputewas very different in the last century. Thus we findin the Edinburgh papers for 1764, advertised as to letthere, the new-built house, beautifully situated onthe high ground south of the Portsburgh, command-ing an extensive prospect every way, with genteelfurniture, i)erfectly clean, presently possessed byJohn Macdonald, Esq., of Lairgie, with chaise-house and stablina;. remained intact up till so recently as i88i, whilearound the large cupola and above the chief seatwere panels of coats of arms of the various citycrafts, and that also of the Portsburgh—all done inoil, and in perfect condition. This court-room wassituated in the West Port. In its last days it wasrented from the city chamberlain by the deaconscourt of Dr. Chalmers Territorial Church. Missionmeetings and Sundav-schools were held in it, but

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OLD HOUSES I.N THE WEST PORT, NEAR THE HAUNTS OF BURKE AND HARE, 1869.{Froiti a DraietHf^ hy Mrs. /. Stnvari Smith.) Near the Territorial Church is a door abovewhich are the arms of the Cordiners of the Ports-burgh—a cordiners cutting-knife crowned, within acircle, with the heads of two winged cherubim, andthe words of Psalm 133, versified :— Behold how good a thing it is,And how becoming well.Together such as brethren are.In unity to dwell.1696. One of the most complete of the few rare relicsof the Citys old municipal institutions was thecourt-room where the bailies of the ancientPortsburgh discharged their official duties. Thebailies bench, seats, and other court-room fittings the site upon which it was built was sold byroup for city improvements. In the middle of the West Port, immediatelyopposite the Chalmers Territorial Free Churchand Schools, and running due north, is a narrowalley, called the Chapel Wynd. Here, at the footthereof, stood in ancient times a chapel dedicatedto


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