GUIDED TOUR OF MILLER'S EDINBURGH
will take place on Sunday, 17th June
Dr Al McGowan, Edinburgh-based earth scientist and professional tour leader (see www.hillsofhame.com), will lead a private group walk on this date around key sites associated with Hugh Miller's time in the capital..
Some 17 members have so far expressed an interest in taking part. We remain open to more applications. A very modest fee of £10 per person is payable. Please pay The Friends in advance by cheque to the Secretary, Martin Gostwick, or by cash on the day, so that he can make a lump sum remittance to Dr McGowan for the whole group.
The tour will commence at 10.30am on 17th June outside Edinburgh City Chambers in the High Street (opposite St Giles's Cathedral on the Royal Mile), where we will see the plaque marking this as the site of The Witness newspaper's offices, of which Miller was the Editor. The walk will then literally follow in the footsteps of the Editor past the site of the newspaper's first print production. The walk will proceed up to Chambers Street, where there will be an opportunity to inspect the Pavement Fossil Fish there. Back-up photos will be provided to show fine details of these fossils in case it is wet.
After this, we will be met by Dr Andrew Ross, Principal Curator of Palaeontology at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), who will give us a tour of Miller exhibits in the Beginnings Gallery and on Level 3, and possibly including his fine statue by Amelia Paton on Level 5. It is envisaged this part of the tour will take about an hour.
From NMS, we will proceed across The Meadows to Sylvan Place, where Miller and his family lived for a time, and from thence to The Grange Cemetery, where Hugh Miller's grave lies and that of some members of his family. The Cemetery now has interpretation displays concerning him and other leading mid-19th Century contemporaries buried there.
The length of the walk is estimated at 1.5 miles, or about 40 minutes walking at normal pace (2.5ph). You can follow the route Al McGowan is proposing by following this link: www.plotaroute.com/route/566187
We look forward to hearing from you!