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P Form Storyteller

P Form had a visit from storyteller, Gillian Paterson who took them on a virtual carriage ride around Edinburgh, stopping off to speak about some very famous people and places in Victorian Edinburgh. These included James Young Simpson, who discovered that chloroform could be used to anaesthetise patients during operations, and Robert Louis Stephenson who wrote a beautiful poem about the lamplighter that he saw every day from his bedroom window on Herriot Street.

Gillian spoke about how the statue of Queen Victoria, sculpted by Sir John Steell, found its home on the Royal Scottish Academy building and she told some spooky stories about life in Edinburgh Castle during the Victorian era.

P Form had the chance to try out a very traditional cup and ball game, which wasn’t as easy as it looked and they loved all the murky details about the Nor Loch, sited where Princes Street Gardens can now be found.