Deacon Broadie Pub / Tavern

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435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Deacon Broadie Pub / Tavern Oct 15, 2011
We were back in Edinburgh after a long day on the bus. We were very hungry and went for to finding a nice restaurant, but we realized quite soon that on a Saturday evening in Edinburgh you should book a table in advance if you want to eat out. We tried many places, but everywhere was fully booked with at least an hours waiting time. At Deacon Brodie’s there wasn’t that long a queue, so we decided to try it.

It took half an hour before we sat down to dinner.

William Deacon Broadie lived 1741 – 1788, and was a respected cabinetmaker and locksmith in daytime, but he was a gambler and womanizer at nights. To be able to afford his nightlife, he had to steal money from his customers. He copied their keys, and emptied their homes at night. He was caught in the act in 1788 and was hanged in public in front of a huge crowd.

The story, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was based on William Deacon’s real life.

The Deacon’s house on Royal Mile in the Old Town in Edinburgh, once belonged to the Brodie family.
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ilserita says:
Thank you Adam :)
Posted on: Apr 05, 2017
AdamR3723 says:
Nice review with good historical background.
Posted on: Apr 04, 2017
Travel2014 says:
Interesting Ilse. I did not know that story. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014
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