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Old Edinburgh | From Jacobites to Geniuses

Old Edinburgh in a time of change

From Jacobites to Genuises

During the period covered by this material, Edinburgh witnessed many of the events which shaped modern Scotland, from the Act of Union, to the Jacobite Risings, the achievements of the Scottish Enlightenment, and the construction of the New Town. It was also a period when the Old Town entered a long period of decline, as many people moved to spacious new dwellings to the north of the Nor’ Loch.

It was also at this time Edinburgh became known as ‘a city of genius’. Many of the greatest writers, thinkers, artists, scientists, inventors and architects lived and worked in Edinburgh during the Georgian period. One visitor famously commented: ‘Here I stand at the Mercat Cross and can, in a few minutes, take fifty men of genius by the hand’.

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18th century Edinburgh

Old Edinburgh | From Jacobites to Geniuses

This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains lessons plans, introductory classroom teaching notes, a range of media resources and classroom-based tasks for children, and a fun trail through Georgian Edinburgh which takes in buildings and places associated with the Jacobite and Scottish Enlightenment period.

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Old Edinburgh in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots

During the period covered by this material, Edinburgh witnessed the turbulent and often violent events associated with the reign of Mary Queen of Scots. This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains a range of media resources for children.


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The Jekyll and Hyde City

Edinburgh during the Victorian period was a time of change. Migrants were arriving in the city from rural areas and from Ireland. Living conditions for many people were appalling, especially in the Old Town. This new Primary material, targeting children from P5 – P7, contains a range of media resources for children.


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