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Tale of the Month

A monthly story from the city archives.

Sep 29, 2011

The model pig, lying in a wooden sty outside Gladstone’s Land, has become a much photographed city landmark. However it appears that it would have caused considerable offence to the city authorities in 1506!

Archives reveal that, on 26 September 1506, the Provost and council ruled that no pigs of any kind should be kept within the burgh, under the pain of slaughter and confiscation by the public executioner, Patrick Fessail, who had been ordered to kill any pig whenever he found one out of doors and untethered. (Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh).

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from 'The Edinburgh Book of Days' by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.

Another tale from Edinburgh’s archives will appear early in October.

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