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Tale of the Month

A monthly story from the City Archives

Oct 11, 2011

The recent plan to illuminate city centre landmarks has a historical precedent.

Archives reveal that, on 13 October 1801 Edinburgh celebrated, in grand style, the proclamation of peace between Britain and France.

The Edinburgh Volunteers paraded in the meadows, marched to Princes Street and there, facing the castle, let off a ‘feu de joie’ – a joyful rat tat tat of musket fire. In response the big guns on the Castle Rock thundered out a Royal Salute. Edinburgh was full of spectators and, in the evening, the church bells rang and the centre of the City was brilliantly illuminated.

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.

http://bit.ly/nxNKIh  (www.thehistorypress.co.uk)

Another October tale from Edinburgh’s archives will appear later in the month.

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