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Welcome to the Old Edinburgh Club

The Club is Edinburgh's local history society, concerned with all aspects of the city's history and development.

For one hundred years we have encouraged interest in Edinburgh's history through lectures and visits. We also publish The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, which is renowned as a source of well-authenticated information on all aspects of Edinburgh history.

We hope our website will help you to explore the fascinating past of Scotland's capital. Go to the Membership page to learn how to join us in exploring Edinburgh through history. If you have a question about Edinburgh's history, go to our Resources page for useful websites and books.

The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club Volume 12

Cover of BOEC Volume 12

BOEC Update

BOEC Volume 12 has now been posted to members who didn't pick up their copies at the March meeting. Additional copies are available for £18 (+ £2 p&p in the UK, more for overseas).

Table of Contents

  • The Decorated Room at Moray House, c.1706-1710 - Joe Rock
  • Black Slaves, Apprentices or Servants in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Evidence from Edinburgh Newspapers - William Irvine Fortescue
  • Nineteenth Century Nimbys: Henry Raeburn versus the Stockbridge Steam Engine - Karen Baston
  • The War of Words — The Rise and Fall of the Beacon Newspaper - John Chalmers
  • ‘The Scotch Diable Boiteaux’ or the Lame Scottish Devil: Masonic Rebellion and the Rise of the Whigs - Mark C Wallace
  • Four Statues and a Landslip: Allan Ramsay, John Wilson, Thomas Guthrie and Charity - Patricia R Andrew
  • The March Stones Around Edinburgh Castle - John M Barton
  • The Treasury and the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden, 1846–1914 - Ian Levitt

Summer 2017 Visits

The Club's visits for Summer 2017 are currently being finalised and members will be informed as soon as possible.

As before due to over-subscription in the past, the Council has again decided that places on these outings should be offered to Old Edinburgh Club members only. (If you have a friend who learns of our programme of outings and really wants to come, then you should persuade them to join the Club!)

Winter Lecture Series

The current (2016-17) series of lecture meetings has now finished.

Dates for your diary for the 2017-18 session are: 11 Oct, 15 Nov, 13 Dec 2017, 17 Jan, 14 Feb, and 14 Mar 2018. And for the 2018-19 session are 17 Oct, 14 Nov, 19 Dec 2018, 16 Jan, 13 Feb, and 13 Mar 2019.

As usual, meetings are on Wednesdays and will be held at 7pm in the Augustine United Church.

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