Celebrating Edinburgh (Paperback)
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has much to celebrate. The city has been central to Scottish life and its history for many centuries. Its festivals attract visitors from all over the world, the quality of its architecture has been awarded the highest accolade of World Heritage status, and nature also gifted Edinburgh with the most stunning of settings. Its eminent scientists, engineers, philosophers, and men of letters are internationally renowned. It is this combination of factors that make Edinburgh the United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination. In Celebrating Edinburgh, local author Jack Gillon highlights some of the significant aspects of the city’s history and identity: its notable individuals, achievements, events, and culture. Chapters focus on different themes such as its literary prominence—Edinburgh was UNESCO’s first City of Literature in 2004—and the authors, past and present, who have lived here, from Sir Author Conan Doyle and Robert Burns to Ian Rankin and J.K Rowling. Here too are the world-famous Festival and Fringe, Military Tattoo, and Hogmanay celebrations. The city’s exceptional architecture and its place as the birthplace of Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century are also highlighted, together with its natural heritage and fringe of villages including Leith and Portobello. Illustrated throughout, this book will appeal to residents, visitors, and all those with links to this marvelous city.
Jack Gillon is a long term resident of Edinburgh. He has worked as a Town Planner involved in the conservation of the city’s heritage of historic buildings for around 30 years and has an extensive knowledge of the city's history and architecture. He writes extensively on the historical heritage of Scotland and has written several books. Fraser Parkinson is a local author who runs the hugely popular "Spirit of Leithers" page on Facebook which traces the social and architectural history of Leith through old images.