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On the fourth day of Christmas at Edinburgh Festival Apartments

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments · edinburgh

Four calling birds which refers to the four gospels or the four Evangelists however in the 19th century the actual words were “collie” birds referring to black birds and “collie” being the name  in England for a coal mine which is called a colliery and colly or collie is a derivation of this and means black like coal. For a long time in England, blackbirds have been referred to as both blackbirds (as in the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence ) and colly birds as in The Twelve Days of Christmas .

Looking around our Edinburgh Apartments I was looking for an Edinburgh Apartment which reminded me of our Edinburgh Castle View Two Bedroom apartment the view from the apartment  looks over the Grassmarket area where there are always Blackbirds hanging about for tit bits.

This very impressive two bedroom Edinburgh apartment is ideal for four “birds” looking for a really comfortable weekend away in a very central Edinburgh Apartment right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old historic town centre. You are easily within walking distance of a wide choice of bars and excellent restaurants especially in Victoria Street. The girls will also be able to walk down to Princes Street for a wide range of excellent shopping including exclusive designer shops in George Street.

In the Grassmarket it will be of interest to you to take one of the Free walking tours on offer which will give you some of the history of the area and its gory past.

From 1477 until 1911 The Grassmarket was the main market for horse and cattle sales, it was also the area for public executions of witches, murderers and the like.

There are many bars with names relating to the history of the Grassmarket like The Last Drop where people were taken for their last drop of whisky before being hanged.

Or Maggie Dicksons pub named after the popular story in Edinburgh about Maggie Dickson a fishwife from Musselburgh who was hanged in the Grassmarket in 1728 for murdering her own baby. After her hanging her body was taken back to Musselburgh in a coffin however on the way there she awoke to the shock of her friends. However in under Scots law she had been given her punishment and therefore could not be hanged again, she was therefore allowed to go free.  Only at a later date were the words added to hangings to be hanged until dead! For the rest of her life she was known as half hangit Maggie.

There is now a pub named after Maggie situated on the Grassmarket which is directly opposite our Edinburgh Castle View Apartment.




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