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Message 23165 · Richard Goss · 18 Oct 2000 19:52:47 · Top

Pia,

----- You wrote ... ---
Do you also now that rumour has it, that there is a street
running from the Palace to the Fortress/Castle whereby the
Royals in times of occupation could get their valuable, and
one would presume themselves to the Castle undetected?
"Some go the high road and others....." to paraphrase. The
first bank to build in High street allegedly got permission
to build its
vaults out to this street, so they also could avail
themselves of this route.
-----
I did not know this but do have possibly a related story.

I one goes toward the University across George IV Bridge
south from the High Street. On the right [West] one passes
two buildings of the Edinburgh City library with a street
about four stories below between them. On the left [East]
one passes the side of the building that surrounds St Giles
Church on two sides.
Next there is a chunk of grass, about 3 stories below GeoIV
then the Scottish National Library before the actual bridge.
One enters the Library about the 5th floor from the bottom
of the bridge. It seems that the buildings (probably courts)
next to St Giles had prison cells in their basements at one
time. At the same time what is now the National Library was
the Advocates library which had access to those cells. At
this time one can reach those cells through a passage from
the library as they are used as vaults containing rare
books. I have heard that the passage continues across the
High Street to the basement of the Edinburgh Municipal
buildings on the North side and further down toward the
street called "the Mound". This would put my passage
crossing yours at right angles just west of the west door of
St Giles.

I wonder if there is any truth in this?

Goss
richard.n.goss@gte.net

Folk dancing->Edinburgh+?

Message 23170 · Pia Walker · 18 Oct 2000 22:21:40 · Top

I think you are talking about the "garden" between Advocates Library (a most
holy place - where only advocates can enter - one has to contain them
somehow) - and the Signet Library. Advocates Library lies adjacent to the
Old Parliament Hall which was built on the Kirkyard of St. Giles using three
ministers' houses along with their yairds. The year was 1632 and it was
built to contain Parliament, Court of Session and Privy Council. The
Kirkyard had not been used since 1566 except when John Knox was buried there
in 1572.
It is now the High Court of Edinburgh.

To dancers (token link to the server) - when you come to Edinburgh, I can
recommend you going in to see Old Parliament Hall - a well hidden treasure
(free entry)- and also a working place for the High Court - one can see
Advocates still in their horse hair wigs (dead rats) and gowns walking the
boards of Old P H discussing their cases - they walk up and down so nobody
can overhear them. There are two huge fireplaces in there, and last week
they actually had a fire lit in one of them. It would be a fantastic
setting for a ball.

One of the courts have an elevator from the dock (now not in function) so
when people were "sent down" to their DOOM, they did not have to walk.

The Judges or Law Lords, still wear their wigs and red silk gowns and a mace
is carried in before them. I am currently interpreting here and thoroughly
enjoying the sense of drama and theather (plus of course being able to yell
at everyone - or in case any advocates are "listening" - requesting them to
slow down or speak up :>).

Pia

> I one goes toward the University across George IV Bridge
> south from the High Street. On the right [West] one passes
> two buildings of the Edinburgh City library with a street
> about four stories below between them. On the left [East]
> one passes the side of the building that surrounds St Giles
> Church on two sides.
> Next there is a chunk of grass, about 3 stories below GeoIV
> then the Scottish National Library before the actual bridge.
> One enters the Library about the 5th floor from the bottom
> of the bridge. It seems that the buildings (probably courts)
> next to St Giles had prison cells in their basements at one
> time. At the same time what is now the National Library was
> the Advocates library which had access to those cells. At
> this time one can reach those cells through a passage from
> the library as they are used as vaults containing rare
> books. I have heard that the passage continues across the
> High Street to the basement of the Edinburgh Municipal
> buildings on the North side and further down toward the
> street called "the Mound". This would put my passage
> crossing yours at right angles just west of the west door of
> St Giles.
>
> I wonder if there is any truth in this?
>
> Goss
> richard.n.goss@gte.net
>
>

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