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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


I12 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Bradie's Close. Cullen, a single-minded and upright man, the transition is great indeed to the occupant who gave his name to the next close-a name it still Masons of Edinburgh, was the son of Convener Francis Brodie, who had an extensive business as a cabinet maker in the Lawnmarket; and in 1781 PLAN OF EDINBURGH, FROM THE CASTLE TO ST. GILES'S. (From Gwdm of Rothiemay'.o Maj.) g, The High Street from the Castle ; 10, The Weighhouse : 15, Horse Market Street : 16, Straight (or West) Bow ; Currer's Close; 35, Liberton's Wynd ; 36, Foster's Wynd ; Z, The Kirk in the Castle Hill. retains-a notorious character, who had a kind of dual existence, for he stood high .in repute as a pious, wealthy, and substantial citizen, until the daring robbery of the Excise Office in 1788 brought to light a longcontinued system of secret housebreaking and of suspected murder, unsurpassed in the annals of cunning and audacity. the former was elected a Deacon Councillor of the city. He had unfortunately imbibed a taste for gambling, and became expert in making that taste a source of revenue; thus he did not scruple to have recourse to loaded dice. It became a ruling passion with him, and he was in the habit of resorting almost nightly to a low gambling club, kept
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