Football Queens & Kings

Chapter 141 – Robert Louis Stevenson

The man, draped in velvet, continues, “My friends call me Louis. Bob is my cousin and an aspiring artist. Charles Baxter, James Ferrier, and I study law at Edinburgh University.”I introduce James Hogg and I, to the four friends.“Welcome to our club. Your initiation is to accept our motto.”, said Louis.James and I chorus together, … Continue reading Chapter 141 – Robert Louis Stevenson

Chapter 139 – Joseph Black, Chemist

We order two pints of the local beer and close today’s enlightening lesson by turning to one of Scotland’s greatest scientific minds.“Joseph Black went to Belfast at twelve years old to learn Greek and Latin, before being enrolled in Edinburgh University to study the arts, at the age of sixteen.”, I said.“Amazing how young he … Continue reading Chapter 139 – Joseph Black, Chemist

Chapter 138 – Robert Burns, Poet

We enter the Tavern, “Two pints of Belhaven, please?”, I asked and we take our seats.“Belhaven has brewed on the East Lothian coast, since 1719.”, said James Hogg, “The Austrian Emperor once declared Belhaven beers as the ‘Burgundy of Scotland’.”“Those accolades transform a company.”“Some transformations are better than others. By day, William Brodie was Deacon … Continue reading Chapter 138 – Robert Burns, Poet

Chapter 137 – James Hutton, Geologist

The Royal Mile is a bustling metropolis of people, where two men of Thompson & French continue discussing the enlightening past residents of Edinburgh.“Quite a leap from philosophy to geology?”, asked James Hogg.“Well, this man changed the theory on the ground beneath your feet. In his day, people believed the Earth was only six thousand … Continue reading Chapter 137 – James Hutton, Geologist

Chapter 136 – David Hume, Philosopher

James Hogg and I sit in Parliament Square with the Law Courts building in front of us, holding the College of Justice, the pinnacle of the Scottish Legal System.“James, this building holds both the Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, and the High Court of Justiciary, Scotland’s supreme criminal court.”, I said.“The Act of … Continue reading Chapter 136 – David Hume, Philosopher

Chapter 134 – Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy

James Hogg and I stand outside Scotland’s Parliamentary building, which was part of the governance structure of Scotland, which ruled itself from 1235 to 1707, before the Act of Union prorogued the Parliament, with no further date of meeting stipulated.“‘Sine Die’, is the expression used for adjourning an assembly indefinitely. I wonder if it will … Continue reading Chapter 134 – Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy

Chapter 133 – Five Enlightenment Bridges

James Hogg and I continue our discussion standing on a bridge built in 1833, which is the western approach into the centre.“Edinburgh has five bridges, where the city’s fathers extended in every direction, and include North, South, Regency, Waterloo and this one, Kings.”, I explained.“The best names for streets and bridges are compass points, monarchy … Continue reading Chapter 133 – Five Enlightenment Bridges

Chapter 132 – Crucible of Enlightenment

Edinburgh is the home of Scottish ingenuity, where the impossible becomes possible. This City has a beating heart of enlightened minds, who made, and continue to make, the modern world.James Hogg and I leave our Queen Street Office, “We are going to discuss the inspiring stories of those who came here as unknown erudites and … Continue reading Chapter 132 – Crucible of Enlightenment