Explore Edinburgh at the beginning of the 20th century
The Whose Town? resource for schools contains these Lives in a Box:
- Arthur Pordage was Firemaster of Edinburgh Fire Brigade from 1896 to 1927. He brought about many changes to improve fire-fighting operations. He attended the Empire Theatre Fire of 1911 which killed the master illusionist, the Great Lafayette.
- Luca Scappaticcio came to Edinburgh from Italy at the turn of the century. He started work as a pastry chef at the North British Hotel. By 1908, he and his wife had saved enough money to open an ice cream and confectionery shop in Musselburgh. S. Luca of Musselburgh continues to be run by his family today.
- Bessie Watson was chosen to play bagpipes and march along Princes Street in the Great Procession and Women's Demonstration of 1909. She became one of the youngest suffragettes and a mascot for the women's movement.