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Jun 18, 2012

‘Public Day of Solemn Thanksgiving for King Charles II’s happy return to government of the whole kingdom’.

On 18 June 2012 a reception was held in Parliament Hall to celebrate the repair and restoration of the equestrian statue of Charles II which stands in Parliament Square.

The date chosen was very appropriate as extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Edinburgh on 18 June 1660 describe Edinburgh’s celebrations for the restoration of Charles II to the throne. It is interesting to note that, even in 1660, local government took health and safety concerns seriously.

‘All inhabitants of the burgh were required to go to their parish churches to hear divine service in the forenoon. Public markets, open booths, shops or taverns would remain closed until noon.

The entire city was required to build bonfires of joy at four o’ clock in the afternoon until nine o’ clock at night, at a reasonable distance to keep the front stairs of the houses free from any danger or risk of fire. A banquet was to be provided at the Mercat Cross. However, muskets, pistols, squibs or fireworks should not be let off on the High Street or aimed out of shot-holes or windows’.

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)

More tales from Edinburgh’s archives will appear in July.

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