Day 87 - Brodies Close

Today’s photo was taken in Brodies Close just off of the Royal Mile on my lunch break.  This close is named after the infamous Deacon Brodie where his family lived and his workshops used to be.  He lived from 1741 to 1788 and by day was a respectable tradesman and Deacon of the Incorporation of Wrights.  By night he was a burglar.  He used his trade to gain access to the homes of the gentry and copied their keys returning later to steal from them.  He was hanged at the Tolbooth prison in 1788 in front of a crowd of 40,000 people.  You can find out more details on wikipedia here.  Interestingly it is said that the story of Deacon Brodie inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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