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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. V


The Water of Leith.] EDINBURGH ACADEMY, 85 son Row. This useful and charitable institution was established in 1810, but the present house was founded on the 22nd of May, 1823, the stone being laid by one of the senior pupils, in presence of his voiceless companions, ? whose looks,? says the Edinburgh Advertiser, cc bespoke the feelings of their minds, and which would have been a sufficient recompense to the contributors for the building, had they been witnesses of the scene.? Children whose parents or guardians reside ? county, the Dean of Guild, and certain councillors. The committee of management of this institution is entirely composed of ladies. When digging the foundations of this edifice, in April, 1823, several rude earthen urns, containing human bones, were found at various depths under the surface. There were likewise discovered some vaults or cavities, formed of unhewn stone, which also contained human bones, but there were no inscriptions, carving, or accessory object, to indi- CANONMILLS LOCH AND HOUSE, 1830. C mm OII Oil ~.i~tiq&/. Kir;i) in Edinburgh or Leith are admissible as day scholars, and are taught the same branches of instruction as the other children, but on the payment of such fees as the directors may determine. The annual public examination of these deaf and dumb pupils takes place in summer, when visitors are invited to question them, by means of the manual alphabet, upon their knowledge of Scripture history and religion, English composition, geography, history, and arithmetic. There have also been Government examinations in drawing. A little way westward of this edifice stands the Dean Bank Institution, for the religious, moral, and industrial trainingof young girls, under the directorship of the Lord Provost, the sheriff of the cate the age to which these relics of pre-historic Edinburgh belonged. That great educational institution, the Edinburgh Academy, in Henderson Row, some two hundred and sixty yards north of St. Stephen?s Church, was founded on the 30th June, 1823, in a park feued by the directors from the governors of Heriot?s Hospital. In the stone were deposited a copper plate, with a long Latin inscription, and the names of the directors, with three bottles, containing a list of the contributors, maps of the city, and other objects. It was designed by Mr. William Burn, and is a somewhat low and plain-looking edifice, in the Grecian style, with a pillared portico, and is constructed with reference more to internal accom
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