p. 209 ‘The New Town had grown…’; The story of the growth of Edinburghis told in many sources; of great value in this section were Cassells Old and New Edinburgh (James Grant, 1822-1887) and Lost Edinburgh, (Coghill, H, 2005), along with the various maps of the City available at the National Library of Scotland.
p. 211 ‘Tytler was a name familiar…’; The Tytler family divided into at least two major branches sometime around the end of the 17th century. One line went on to become renowned lawyers and historians, the other faded into comparative obscurity, though in addition to our James other members of this branch have interesting stories waiting to be told.
‘there I stood in the great hall of St John’s…’; the masonic lodge still stands at the head of St John’s Road of the Canongate. i have not seen the original painting which is still held in the Lodge, but numerous reproductions exist; indeed at least two version of the painting exist. A cartoon outlining the individuals and naming them can be seen at the Burns Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh.
p. 212 ‘Anderson had known you well…’; the evidence for a friendship between Tytler and Robert Anderson really amounts to the existence of two very brief letters from Tytler to him, and the biography itself; the letters, though of little consequence in themselves, reveal a level of intimacy that implies more than a casual professional acquaintance. Unfortunately, neither of them is dated; Anderson, however, was not in Edinburgh after finishing his university studies while Tytler was in Newcastle, but in Alnwick, where he married. He brought his ailing wife back to Edinburgh in 1784; thus Tytler and Anderson seem to have been acquainted only after that time, and these letters must date from that period.
‘With very little effort he found the book…’; The book in question was Cromeck’s Reliques of Robert Burns, described in detail on pp. 234ff
p. 213 ‘The Great Edinburgh Fire..’; the destruction the fire wrought is described in Coghill’s Lost Edinburgh.
p. 216 ‘A coronation.’; Victoria was crowned on June 28th, 1838.
‘The Society of the Friends of the People…’; and introduction to the story of the Society, both in England and in Scotland is HERE.
p. 217 The description of the events of June 4th ans following days, 1792, is taken chiefly from reports published in the Edinburgh newspapers.
p. 219 ‘Cornelius Elliot was the man for that.’; Elliot was an Edinburgh bookseller with business in London and the provinces; he became insolvent in 1793, with debts of £5000, and yet later established himself as a book auctioneer in London and made thousands of pounds in assets. (see The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, p. 7)
p. 220 The Waterloo Hotel, built in 1819, still exists on Waterloo Place; its history is told on the Hotel’s website.
p. 224 ‘the Sharks’ Rant’; this striking piece was printed on the back cover of the issue of the Historical register that has survived with its original blue endpapers in the NLS; whether it was the work of James Tytler remains uncertain, since it is un-credited; however, in the case of Tytler’s periodicals, this seems to indicate that he was indeed the author.