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Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh from the Calton Hill
Public DomainEdinburgh from the Calton Hill - Credit: David Roberts
Most of the action in Private Memoirs takes place in Edinburgh. In the late 17 th to early 18 th century, this was still a relatively small settlement restricted to one main street (now called the Royal Mile). Various dark, narrow alleys (or, to use the Scots terms, wynds and closes) issued from this thoroughfare, housing a rapidly expanding population that grew from 25–30,000 people in the 1660s to around 45,000 by 1700. To the west of the city was Edinburgh Castle, an ancient fortress which still dominates the skyline today. To the east lay Holyrood Park, a former royal hunting estate riddled with lochs, glens, hills and rocky cliffs. At the centre of this is Arthur’s Seat, the highest peak in Edinburgh and site of one of the most terrifying scenes in Private Memoirs.