Notices of the Most Remarkable Fires in Edinburgh: From 1385 to 1824, Including an Account of the Great Fire of Nov. 1824

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C. Smith & Company, 1824 - 74 pages

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Page 14 - ... and many good and great families. It is said just now by Sir John Cochran and Jordanhill that there is more rent burnt in this fire than the whole city of Glasgow will amount to.
Page 13 - There are burnt, by the easiest computation, between three and four hundred families; the pride of Edinburgh is sunk; from the Cowgate to the High Street, all is burnt, and hardly one stone left upon another. The Commissioner, the President of Parliament, the President of the Court of Session...
Page 63 - IN THE PARLIAMENT SQUARE, AND DESTRUCTION OF THE JURY COURT ROOM. After the fire in the Tron Church had been subdued, it was generally supposed that the conflagration was at an end ; but on Tuesday night, about ten o'clock, a new alarm was given of a fire having broken out in the Parliament Square, a place directly to the windward of the former scene of destruction. It originated in the top story of that lofty pile of building on the south side of the square, which, in rear, was eleven stories in...
Page 23 - God/ and the Rev. Mr Willison of Dundee did not omit to improve the occasion. 'In Edinburgh/ says he, 'where Sabbath-breaking very much abounded, the fairest and stateliest of its buildings, in the Parliament Close and about it (to which scarce any in Britain were comparable), were on the fourth of February (being the Lord's Day), burnt down and laid in ashes and ruins in the space of a few hours, to the astonishment and terror of the sorrowful inhabitants, whereof I myself was an eye-witness.
Page 4 - mornynge, very erly, we began where we lefte, and continued burnynge all that daye, " and the two dayes nexte ensuinge contynually, so that neyther within the wawles nor " in the suburbes was lefte any one house unbrent, besydes the innumerable botyes, " spoyles, and pyllages, that our souldyours brought from thense, notwithstanding ha" bundance which we consumed with fyer.
Page 15 - Session by means of the disorder. Few people are lost, if any at all: but there was neither heart nor hand left among them for saving from the fire, nor a drop of water in the cisterns. Twenty thousand hands flitting their trash, they know not where, and hardly twenty at work.
Page 20 - And further, remembering that most tremendous and terrible blowing up of gun-powder in Leith, upon the 3d of July last, wherein sundry persons were lost, and wonderful ruins made in the place ; and likewise reflecting...
Page 67 - ... entertained for the Commercial Bank. Here the most melancholy accidents happened, in one of which Mr Braidwood, director of engines, nearly lost his life ; and here we rejoice to be able to add, these calamities terminated. Frequent alarms of fire in other places were given in the course of Wednesday, originating principally in chimneys ignited by burning embers. One broke out in Carrubber's Close, among some chips under the roof, and assumed a threatening appearance, but was eventually got under....
Page 24 - So great was the terror and confusion of that Lord's Day, that the people of the city were in no case to attend any sermon or public worship upon it, though there was a great number of worthy ministers convened in the place (beside the reverend ministers of the city) ready to have prayed with or preached to the people on that sad occasion, for the General Assembly was sitting there at the time. However, the Lord himself, by that silent Sabbath, did loudly preach to all the inhabitants of the city,

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