Scottish Post Office Directories

'Edinburgh directory' for 1797-1798

Printed page with women's names, addresses and marital status

The 'Edinburgh directory' for 1797-1798 includes people of different social status. As well as the growing number of tradesmen and businessmen, it lists members of the upper classes.

Building for Edinburgh's New Town had begun in 1765. The general directory for 1797-1798 shows that General Sir Ralph Abercromby and Countess Dowager Aboyne both lived in modern, fashionable buildings in Queen Street and St Andrew's Square.

On the same page you also find entries for John Adams, a tin plate worker on Leith Terrace — now the top end of Leith Street — as well as Walter Adams, candlemaker in the Old Town's Jack's Close, off Canongate.

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