Edinburgh: Body Snatchers

Edinburgh: Body Snatchers
By: Globus
Below Edinburgh’s Calton Hill you can see Old Calton Graveyard featuring a stone watchtower that dates back to the 17th century. It was from that tower that Irish grave robbers William Burke and William Hare watched for funerals. Upon a funeral’s end, they took out their spades and dug up bodies to supply the Royal College of Surgeons with fresh cadavers for research. The inspiration? Money and a fateful meeting with Dr. Robert Knox in a pub. During this chance encounter, Knox complained that he could get only one body a year from authorities, only one pair of lungs and one heart to do his research. The lads, Burke and Hare, told their newfound friend they might be able to get him more bodies to assist with his research. Soon they were regularly delivering cadavers.

As time went by, there were fewer funerals in the city, so the grave robbers became murderers, killing people to stay in business. Another doctor noticed that the bodies seemed too fresh and notified the authorities … the body snatchers-turned-murderers were discovered. Burke’s sentence was death and then fittingly, dissection at the Royal College of Surgeons. If you go there now, you can see a nice journal on display that looks leather bound … The “leather” is, in fact, Burke’s skin. When you book a vacation with Globus, you’re not just seeing the world, you’re getting a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most interesting places. Discover the stories of Scotland with Globus and Goodrich Travel today.


About Goodrich Travel

I purchased my first travel agency in 1978 in Anchorage, Alaska. After selling it, my wife and I moved back to the Portland,Oregon area in NW USA. I purchased another agency which was sold in 1995 after co-founding Passport Online. Since that time, I have focused on working closely with our supplier partners (cruise lines, tour companies and wholesale travel companies)to enable them to market their products and promotions thru our large Network of retail travel agencies. I also continued to help friends with their wonderful vacations and will always offer my professional advise and service to help people enjoy the World of travel opportunities.
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