"Then will you be so kind as to come to the Grass Market, and see me put down?"

The Porteous Mob, 1850, illustrating the scene from Scott’s
Public DomainThe Porteous Mob, 1850, illustrating the scene from Scott’s "Heart of Midlothian" in which Captain Porteous is lynched in the Grassmarket - Credit: James Drummond

The Grassmarket is a small market square in the middle of Edinburgh. In former days, it was used not only as a place for selling horses and cattle but also as a site of public executions. During the late 17th century, the Covenanters figured prominently amongst the condemned. These days it is given over to more cheerful forms of entertainment and is dominated by shops, bars and restaurants.