Deacon Brodie, pillar of the Establishment turned arch-criminal, terrified late-18th-century Edinburgh. This book tells of the two Edinburghs - the respectable lawyers' capital and the lurid underworld of thieves and whores - in which Brodie led his dual existence, culminating in the armed theft of Scotland's revenues and Brodie's escape to ...Read MoreDeacon Brodie, pillar of the Establishment turned arch-criminal, terrified late-18th-century Edinburgh. This book tells of the two Edinburghs - the respectable lawyers' capital and the lurid underworld of thieves and whores - in which Brodie led his dual existence, culminating in the armed theft of Scotland's revenues and Brodie's escape to Holland, whence he was brought back to be tried and executed. This extraordinary tale gave rise to the idea of Jekyll and Hyde in the fertile imagination of Robert Louis Stevenson almost a century later.Read Less
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B/w Illustrations & Map. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0904505243 Inscribed By Author Inscription on ffep "To George & Margaret........from John S Gibson." Forward by Lord Cameron. Dust jacket price clipped, photograph on dj by Barry Jones. Black cloth with bright gilt titling on spine. 158 pages clean and tight. 'A vicious, lamp-lit fairyland': this was Robert Louis Stevenson's description of the Edinburgh of his rebellious youth. It was these memories of the seamy old city which wove the backcloth to The Strange Tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, now one of the world's best-known novels. There is a still stranger link with Edinburgh. In Stevenson's imagination, Dr Jekyll was descended from Deacon Brodie, the infamous pillar of the establishment turned arch criminal who, a century before, had terrified the Edinburgh of the Golden Age. John Gibson tells in vivid detail of the two Edinburghs in which the Deacon lived his double life-the respectable capital and the lurid underworld. He recounts Brodie's career in crime; how the gang was caught in the armed robbery of the very revenues of Scotland and of Brodie's escape to London and thence to Holland. Just before he embarked to take refuge in America he was seized by agents of the British government and brought back to Edinburgh to stand trial before a jury of his fellow citizens. The High Court trial under Lord Braxfield, perhaps Scotland's most famous criminal judge, locked in conflict the political adversaries and legal lights of old Edinburgh. Appropriately, Lord Cameron, the distinguished Scots judge of today, contributes a Foreword in which he brings out the high importance of the trial and his respect for the great Braxfield. In the mind of Robert Louis Stevenson, Brodie the arch villain, addicted to gambling, drink and women, became the fiendish Dr Jekyll; indeed, the `double life' became an important aspect of Stevenson's own existence as, many an evening, he left his town-house for the drinking dens and brothels of a less respectable Edinburgh. This book will fascinate those who have been intrigued by that great novel Jekyll and Hyde with its monstrous creation. It will also appeal to those with an interest in that most singular of men, Robert Louis Stevenson, and to those who share his preoccupation with old Edinburgh and old Scotland.
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