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Lord Provost

Back to school

This week I took time out to revisit a job I'm familiar with - teaching!

Murrayburn Primary School asked me to pay a visit to p2 children to help them learn about their local history and to understand the ancient and enduring traditions of the role of Lord Provost.

Murrayburn Primary School visit


The children had been on a trip to the Museum of Edinburgh to explore the warren of exhibition spaces dedicated to telling the story of the Capital's past, including the tale of Greyfriar's Bobby.

Many youngsters recognise the image of Bobby and know of his statue on Candlemaker Row, but less children are aware of role of Lord Provost William Chambers in giving Bobby his 'freedom of the city' by licensing him and providing him with a dog collar. To this day, the original collar can be found in the Museum of Edinburgh and I highly recommend paying the free museum a visit this summer.

The pupils took great delight in hearing the full story and a couple even dressed up in Victorian costumes to get into the spirit of things! They were even more impressed by the sight of the Lord Provost chain of office and trademark flag on my car.

As an ex-IT teacher, I'm always keen to visit schools and clubs to explain the role of Lord Provost and the history behind it, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with lord.provost[at]edinburgh.gov.uk with a request. 

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