Many of our students take the short journey through to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. It’s a fascinating place and very different from Glasgow. Here are some interesting facts about Edinburgh.
The company that created Grand Theft Auto (RockStar North) is based in Edinburgh and the Forth Railway Bridge appears in their 2004 game, Grand Theft San Andreas.
Rose’s Lime Juice is a very famous British drink. It was invented by Lauchlan Rose in 1867 and the first factory to make it was in Leith in Edinburgh.
“You’ll have had your tea?” is said to be the traditional greeting of any Edinburgh householder to a visitor. It means that the visitor will have already eaten and therefore the householder won’t need to put the kettle on! Like all good stories, this has a bit of truth behind it, but don’t worry, Edinburgh people are actually very generous!
The first King of the united Great Britain in 1603 was James VIof Scotland who then became James I of England as the English had not had any Kings called James before then. James was born in Edinburgh Castle.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, one of the most famous encyclopaedias in the world, was first produced in Edinburgh. It was published in three volumes between 1768 and 1771 and the first edition caused controversy because the anatomy section contained “unvarnished portrayals of the unmentionable parts of the human body.”