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Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh: 3 reviews and 3 photos

  Deacon Brodie's Tavern
by Aitana

It is named after Deacon William Brodie, the man who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Deacon Brodie (1741-88) lived a double life. He was a respected craftsman and a member of the Town Council. He used to manufacture and repair locks. At the same time, he lived an expensive lifestyle including mistresses and gambling. To support this second life, he began to take copies of all the keys so that he could return some time later with accomplices. After a raid he was arrested and found guilty. He was sentenced to hang. Although he bribed the hangman, the plan failed and the steel collar he was wearing could not save his life.

Address: On the corner between Lawnmarket (Royal Mile) and

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 18, 2008
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“El andar tierras y comunicar con diversas gentes hace a los hombres discretos (Miguel de Cervantes)”

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