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On This Day... 19 October 1687: Sedan Chairs

By Alexander Clapperton, October 19, 2014 - 11:07am
A Sedan Chair

In the first of an occasional series, we look back at events in Edinburgh's history that happened on this day.

On this day in 1687, the first sedan chairs became available for public hire in Edinburgh.

Although some the wealthier residents of the city had owned their own private sedan chairs for many decades, this was the first opportunity that the lower orders had to experience such luxury. The bearers of these "hackney chairs" were typically Highlanders who had migrated south in search of employment: men used to heavy labour and being outdoors in all seasons.

WitcheryTours.com Version 3.0: A New Day at Midnight

By Web Monster, September 30, 2014 - 11:59pm

Every few years (seven, in this case) we feel like a bit of a spring-clean. That extends even to our online realm, so we decided to give this very website a bit of serious TLC (timid light caressing? --Ed).