Broughton Feuing, Edinburgh 1867

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While cataloguing the Edinburgh City Engineer’s Plans, I came across this plan of the Broughton feuing. The plan shows the feuing Contract between John Hope, Writer to the Signet and philanthropist, and the Governor of George Herriot’s Hospital, on 19 August 1867.

Plan of Broughton Feuing
John Hope (1807–1893), devoted much of his time and wealth to philanthropic works. One such project was in 1861. After seeing the dwellings for English working men in a visit to the north of England, Hope suggested that similar housing could be built for workers in Edinburgh. He proposed that the ground belonging to Heriot’s Hospital, behind East Claremont Street, off Leith Walk, could provide houses for working men. Not only was he determined to obtain sound housing for the working men, but that they should also have fresh water and air, and he brought the nearby Caledonian Distillery to task as being the main polluter of both. John Hope founded the Hope Trust in 1890, which continues today in helping people combat drug and alcohol addiction. The brown shading marks the areas of Hope’s land, and the red that of Heriot’s Hospital.

Detail of note to the right of the plan
The plan also outlines in red (at the top) the property of Waterston & Sons, stationers and printers, which, originally belonged to Hope. George Waterston (1838-1922) was third generation of Waterston’s stationers and printers. His private residence was 19 East Claremont Street. Contemporary to this period, was his niece, Jane Elizabeth Waterston (1866-1905), African missionary, who was one of the first women to train in medicine at the London School of Medicine for Women.

This plan is one of three duplicates drawn by the architect John Chessor (1819-1892), Superintendent of Works to Heriot's Hospital. The Contract was subscribed by William Chambers (1800–1883), Lord Provost of Edinburgh (elected 1865), and friend of John Hope. Ref: SL246/173 (Stephen Hall)

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