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Scots Gaelic: Dùn Èideann
Inglis an Scots: Edinburgh
Unitary authority & ceety
Ceety o Edinburgh
View o Edinburgh frae Arthur's Seat
View o Edinburgh frae Arthur's Seat
Nickname(s): "Auld Reekie", "Athens o the North", "Edina", "Dunedin"
Motto(s): "Nisi Dominus Frustra" "Except the Laird in vain" associatit wi Edinburgh syne 1647, it is a normal heraldic contraction o a verse frae the 127t Psalm, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the ceety, the watchman waketh but in vain"
Edinburgh is locatit in Scotland
Location in Scotland
Coordinates: 55°57′11″N 3°11′20″W / 55.95306°N 3.18889°W / 55.95306; -3.18889Coordinates: 55°57′11″N 3°11′20″W / 55.95306°N 3.18889°W / 55.95306; -3.18889
Sovereign state Unitit Kinrick
Kintra Scotland
Cooncil aurie Ceety o Edinburgh
Lieutenancy aurie Edinburgh
Admeen HQ Edinburgh Ceety Centre
Foondit prior tae the 7t century
Burgh Chairter 1125
Ceety status 1889
 • Teep Unitary Authority, Ceety
 • Govrenin body The Ceety o Edinburgh Cooncil
 • Laird Provost George Grubb
 • MSPs
 • MPs:
 • Total 259.0 km2 (100.00 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Tot 486,120
 • Urban density 1,844/km2 (4,776/sq mi)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Simmer (DST) Breetish Simmer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode EH
Aurie code(s) 0131
ISO 3166-2 GB-EDH
ONS code 00QP
OS grid reference NT275735
Wabsteid www.edinburgh.gov.uk (Offeecial Cooncil steid)
www.edinburgh-inspiringcapital.com (Visitor-facin steid)

Edinburgh (Ulster Scots: Eedinburra, Scots Gaelic: Dùn Èideann; whiles cried Embra, Embro or Edinburrie an aw) is the caipital ceety o Scotland, an is the kintra's seicond lairgest ceety efter Glesga, that's 45 mile (72 km) tae the wast. It is the seivent lairgest ceety in the Unitit Kinrick. Edinburgh is ane o Scotland's 32 local govrenment cooncil auries (see: Ceety o Edinburgh) - this cooncil aurie includes urban Edinburgh an a 30 sq mile (78 sq km) landwaird aurie. In the census o 2001, thare wis 448,625 indwallers.

Locatit in the sooth-east o Scotland, Edinburgh liggs on the eist coast o Scotland's Central Belt, alang the Firth o Forth, nearhaun the North Sea. Awin tae its ruggit settin, muckle gaitherin o stane Medieval an Georgian airchitectur, it is aften thocht o (wi Venice an Prague) as ane o the thrie bonniest ceeties in the hale o Europe.

It hes been the caipital ceety syne aboot 1437 (replacin Pairth), an is the hame o the Scots Pairlament. The ceety wis ane o the heidmaist centres o the Enlichtenment, led bi the Varsity o Edinburgh, an sic thinkers as Dauvit Hume, Adam Smith, James Hutton an mony ithers, giein it the byname The Athens o the North. The Auld Toun an New Toun o Edinburgh wis leetit as a UNESCO Warld Heritage Steid in 1995. The ceety haes mair nor 4500 listit biggins.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The oreigin o ceety's name in Scots is unnerstuid tae come frae the Brythonic Din Eidyn (Fort o Eidyn) frae the time whan it wis a Gododdin braefort. In the first century the Romans recordit the Votadini as a Brythonic tribe or kinrick i the aurie, an aboot AD 600 the poem Y Gododdin, uisin the Brythonic mak o thon name, descreives werriours feastin "in Eidin's great haw."

It cam tae be kent bi the Bernician Angles as Edin-burgh. Sum fowk syne jaloused this wis taen frae the Anglo-Saxon for "Edwin's Fort", wi a reference tae the 7t century keeng Edwin o Northumbrie. Houane'er, syne the name appeiringly predates Keeng Edwin, this isna gey likely ava. The burgh pairt means "fortress" or "wawed curn o biggins" - i.e. a toun or ceity, an is sib tae the German burg an the Laitin parcus. Burgh is jist an owersettin o the Brythonic Din; Edin is untranslatit.

Their names[eedit | eedit soorce]

The ceety haes the byname Auld Reekie acause whan the biggins wis heatit bi coal an wid ingles, lums wad boak oot muckle colums o thick black reek intae the air.

Sum haes cried Edinburgh the Athens o the North an Auld Greekie efter its intellectual history, an for its topography, wi the Auld Toun o Edinburgh performin a seimilar role tae the Athenian Acropolis. Edinburgh is an aa kent bi twa-thrie Laitin names; Aneda, Edina (that crops up in leeteratur, sic as that o Burns or Fergusson) or Edinensis (that can be seem on monie eddicational biggins).

Edinburgh haes an aa been kent as Dunedin, taen frae the Gaelic Dùn Èideann. Dunedin in New Zealand wis oreiginally cried "New Edinburgh" an is still gied the byname the "Edinburgh o the South". Ben Jonson descreivit it as Britain's ithir ee, an Walter Scott cried it yon Empress o the North.

Pairts o Edinburgh[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Auld Toun[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: Auld Toun, Edinburgh

The Auld Toun haes preservit its medieval lay-oot an monie Reformation-era biggins. Ane end is closed bi the Edinburgh Castle an the main gate, the Royal Mile, leads awa frae it (wee closes an wynds gang aff the Royal Mile dounhill on aither side o the main spine in a "herrinbane" patren). Lairge squares merk whaur merkets wis aince locate an surroond public biggins sic as Saunt Giles Cathedral an the Law Courts. Ithir notable places nearhaun include the Royal Museum o Scotland, Surgeons' Haw an the McEwan Haw. The street lay-oot is teipical o the aulder pairts o monie northren European ceities, an whuar the castle sits on the tap o a rocky crag (the remains o a deid volcano) the Royal Mile rins doun the crest o a rig frae it.

Due tae space restrictions gied bi the narraness o the "tail" (aidit bi the biggin o the Flodden Waw efter 1513), the Auld Toun becam hame tae sum o the eirliest "heich rise" residential biggins. Monie-flaired dwallins kent as lands wis ordinar frae the 1500s onwawrds wi ten an eleiven flairs bein teipical an ane e'en raxed tae fowerteen flairs. Eikit tae this, monie vaults ablo gate level wis bydit in bi the muckle influx o immigrants durin the Industrial Revolution. Thir still gie tift tae auld-threips o an unnergrun ceity.

The New Toun[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: New Toun o Edinburgh

The New Toun wis an 18t century solution tae the fyke o the mair an mair croudit Auld Toun. The ceity haed remainit gey compack, confinit tae the rig rinnin doun frae the castle. In 1766, a competeetion tae design the New Toun wis won bi James Craig, a 22 year auld airchitect. The plan that wis bigged creatit a rigid, reddit grid, that fittit weil wi enlichtenment norries o rationality. The heidmaist gate wis tae be George Street, that folloaes the naitural rig tae the north o the Auld Toun. Aither side o it is the ithir main gates o Princes Street an Queen Street. Princes Street haes synesen becam the heidmaist shoppin street in Edinburgh, an no monie Georgian biggins survive on it. Jynin thir gates thegithir is a series o perpendicular gates. At the eist an wast ends is St Andrew Sqaure an Charlotte Square respecteivly. The hinmaist wis designed bi Robert Adam an aften thocht o as ane o the brawest Georgian squares in the wurld. Bute Hous, the offeical dwallin o the First Meenister o Scotland, is on the north side o Charlotte Square.

Sittin in the glen atween the Auld an New Touns wis the Nor Loch, that haed aince been the ceity's watter supply an place for horsin awa keich an ithir rubbish. Bi the 1820s it wis drained. Sum plans shaw that a canal wis ettled, but Princes Street Gairdens wis creatit insteid. Left ower eirth frae the makkin o the biggins wis horsed in the loch, makkin whit's nou The Mound. In the mid 19t century the Naitional Gallery o Scotland an the Royal Scottish Academy Building wis bigged on The Mound, an weems tae Waverley Station driven throu it.

The New Toun wis sae successfou that it wis extendit greaty. The grid patren wisna haudit tae, but raither a mair picturesque lay-oot wis creatit. The day the New Toun is thocht o bi monie tae be ane the best ensamples o Georgian airchitecture an plannin in the wurld.

Sooth Side[eedit | eedit soorce]

A popular residential pairt o the ceity is its sooth side, made up o a nummer o airts includin St Leonards, Marchmont, Haymerket, Polwarth, Newington, Sciennes, The Grange, Bruntsfield, Morningside an Merchiston. "Sooth side" is braidly the samen as the aurie kivvered bi the Burgh Muir, an becam mair popular efter the apenin o the Sooth Brig. Thir auries is specially popular wi faimilies (monie weil-regairdit state an private schuills is locate thare), students (the Central Varsity o Edinburgh campus is based aroun George Square jist north o Marchmont an the Meadows, an Napier Varsity haes muckle campuses aroun Merchiston an Morningside), an wi festival-gaers.

Leith[eedit | eedit soorce]

Leith is the sea-port o Edinburgh. It still hauds a seperate identity frae Edinburgh, an it wisna weil thocht o thare whan, in 1920, the burgh o Leith wis jyned wi Edinburgh. E'en the day the pairlamentary seat at Westminster is kent as "Edinburgh North an Leith." Wi the redevelopin o Leith, Edinburgh haes won the business o a nummer o cruise liner companies that nou gie cruises tae Norrowey, Swaden, Denmark, Germany an the Netherlands. Leith an aa haes the Royal Yacht Britannia, berthit ahint the Ocean Terminal as weil as bein hame tae Hibernian Fitbaw Club.

Cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]

Edinburgh is weil-kent for the annual Edinburgh Festival, a gaitherin o offeicial an unthirled festivals haulden ilka year ower aboot fower week in early August. The nummer o vaigers attractit tae Edinburgh for the Festival is aboot the samen as the settled population o the ceity. The maist kenspeckle o thir events is the Edinburgh Frings (the lairgest performin airts festival in the wurld), the Edinburgh Comedy Festival (the lairgest comedy festival in the wurld), the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh Internaitional Film Festival an the Edinburgh Internaitional Beuk Festival.

Ithir notable events include the Hogmanay street pairty an Burns Nicht an St. Andra's Day an aa hae events merkin thaim. The ceety is ane Europe's heidmaist tourist destinations, breingin in 13 million veisitor ilka year, an efter Lunnon is the seicond maist veisatit tourist destination in the Unitit Kinrick.

Twin touns an sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kintra Ceety or municipality Subdiveesion Date o greement
Germany Munich Bavarie 1954
Fraunce Nice Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 1958
Italy Florence Tuscany 1964
New Zealand Dunedin Otago 1974
Canadae Vancouver Breetish Columbie 1977
Unitit States San Diego Californie 1977
Spain Segovia Castile an León 1985
Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Xi'an Shaanxi 1985
Ukraine Kiev Kiev Ceety Municipality 1989
Denmark Aalborg Nordjylland 1991
Japan Kyoto Prefectur Kansai 1994
Poland Kraków Lesser Poland Voivodeship 1995

Fremmit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]