South College Street Edinburgh

South College Street which runs down the southside of Edinburgh University Old College wall was outside the city wall and had no name. map of 1793.By 1804 South College Street was named John Ainslie land surveyor.On the map of 1793 it shows what had been Jamaica Street was now North College Street and Infirmary Street not yet Chamber Street.

William Topaz McGonagall South College Street Edinburgh

William McGonagall was born in March 1825 and died in September 1902 he was a Scottish weaver, poet and actor and was regarded as the worst Poet in the English Language to put pen to paper. Writing over 200 poems of which the worst by far was “The Tay Bridge Disaster”. His turn of verse has been made known by the Goons, Monty Python, Spike Milligan, and Peter Sellers. The name of the character Minerva McGonagall in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was named after William McGonagall. Go down to the Poetry Library in the Canongate Edinburgh to read his works and judge for yourself.

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