Video: Sea of tartan kicks-off Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

THIS year’s Tattoo promised more tartan than a Bay City Rollers-themed wedding on Burns Night and it did not disappoint.

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Kirkgate Church - Henderson Street - Leith Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Lost Edinburgh churches: then and now

THE last few generations have not been kind to Edinburgh’s ecclesiastical architecture. Shifting demographics, dwindling congregations and other societal factors have seen scores of church buildings fall by the wayside.

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St Serf's Parish Church, Dunning. Picture: Simon Warren/Dunning Parish Historical Society

Was a dragon once slain in the Perthshire town of Dunning?

Images of staff-wielding holy men valiantly battering terrible winged beasts into submission are generally associated with Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and other fantasy-led epics. They tend to be less synonymous with small villages in the heart of rural Perthshire.

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Workers head for home after their shift at Castle Mills. Picture: TSPL

The last remnants of Edinburgh’s ‘welly boot’ factory

Amid the increasing number of modern retail units and apartment blocks slowly eating up gap sites in Fountainbridge for the past decade, stands the last remnants of one of Scotland’s most important industrial landmarks.

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Celtic v Aberdeen at Hampden on 24 April 1937. The 147,365 attendance is the largest ever for a domestic match in Europe. Picture: PA

Scotland’s all-time record football attendances

TO THE foreign observer thumbing through a tome of soccer statistics it must provide a great source of bafflement to see one tiny nation consistently top the podium for record attendances.

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Princes Streets gorgeous vistas are famous the world over. This photogrraph was taken c.1900. Picture: TSPL

Lost Edinburgh: The fight to keep Princes Street views

Princes Street is somewhat unique for a busy, modern, commercial thoroughfare in that it offers unobstructed, world-class panoramic vistas on one side across the former Nor’ Loch Valley. It’s hard to imagine walking along Princes Street without being able to see Edinburgh Castle, but if not for the efforts of a small band of homeowners who took their fight to the town council, our main drag’s famed outlook towards the crag and tail of the Old Town could have been blocked out by buildings.

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Video: The forgotten tunnels hidden beneath Waverley Station

THE CENTRE of Scotland’s capital city is built on many layers and levels, all of different ages, interlocking and enveloping one another; a veritable warren of subterranean secrets.

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An original sample of arsenic, a key piece of evidence in the trial of Madeleine Smith who was indicted for the murder of her lover. Picture: Toby Williams

The Glasgow woman who laced her lover’s cocoa with arsenic

IT WAS labelled as the ‘crime of the century’, and even now, 160 years on, the Madeleine Smith murder case continues to fascinate criminologists and forensic experts around the world.


Meet the family that lived on Calton Hill

PERCHED high atop Calton Hill, the Nelson Monument is one of Edinburgh’s must-visit tourist attractions, offering unrivalled panoramic vistas of the entire city and beyond.

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The Nor' Loch once filled the deep valley on the north side of Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

Five of Edinburgh’s lost lochs

FOR every hill in Scotland’s capital - and there are several - there was once twice as many lochs. Had they survived, the ‘Athens of the North’ would have had more in common with Venice.

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Beaumont Place tenements demolished - General view showing area cleared to ground level. Picture: TSPL

The ‘Penny Tenement’ collapse that changed Edinburgh forever

LIKE A dormant volcano, it was a disaster waiting to happen, but sadly the authorities failed to act in time. The Penny Tenement collapse of 1959 left 19 families homeless and prompted the eradication of Edinburgh’s slums.

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There was a public outcry when the Life Association of Scotland building was demolished in 1967. Picture: TSPL

The destruction of a Princes Street palazzo

IT HAD been labelled one of Britain’s most architecturally valuable buildings, but nothing could halt the destruction of Princes Street’s magnificent “palazzo”.

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A stretch of pavement measuring 120 yards along Queen Street was shattered in 1945. Picture: The Scotsman

The 1945 blast which shook central Edinburgh

ON THE night of 24 August 1945 the centre of Edinburgh was rocked by a colossal explosion which tore up 120 yards of Queen Street.

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The National Savings Bank at 150 Boydstone Road being demolished. Picture: John Devlin.

Fond farewell as landmark Cowglen savings bank demolished

IT PROVIDED generations of families in west central Scotland with steady employment and a bright career path, but Glasgow’s landmark National Savings & Investments Bank in Cowglen will soon be gone for good.

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The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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Madame Doubtfire outside her shop in 1973. Picture: Jane Glover

How Mrs Doubtfire was based on a Stockbridge shopkeeper

GROWING up in the 1990s, I was well acquainted with the Hollywood box office hit about a cross-dressing, half-Scottish nanny played by the sorely-missed Robin Williams.

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Nirvana play in Edinburgh in 1991. Picture: Copyright Mary Boon.

Memories of Edinburgh’s most legendary gigs

THERE was a time when the city’s music aficionados didn’t have to stray too far to see their heroes.

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James VI King of Scotland about 1574. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

The Prince and the imposter: was King James VI switched at birth?

JAMES VI and I, the Stuart king who ruled over all of Britain, uniting the crowns for the first time in history. But some say he wasn’t really a Stuart at all.

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The interior of Drumsheugh Baths showing the 70ft pool. Picture: Kate Chandler

A trip back in time: Edinburgh’s exclusive Victorian baths

EDINBURGH’S luxurious Drumsheugh swimming baths have been a popular hotspot for well-heeled individuals for well over a century.

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Anderston Cross in the 1960s. Picture: TSPL

Areas of Glasgow lost to the M8

THE M8 provides a vital arterial link for the people and businesses of Central Scotland, but its construction left a deep scar on the nation’s largest city which has never fully healed.

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