NaturalMystik wrote:... cool secret masonic underground chambers around... the King Eddy or Royal York
I can see why both those places would be considered significant by Freemasons, especialy since the names would've been chosen before the buildings began construction.
Post up what you find!
King Eddy: http://www.grandlodgescotland.com/index ... Itemid=158
Royal York: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Rite
Thinking about what Mac said, that the Gilmerton Cove "table" and "punch bowl" resemble an operating table, and considering the seating all around it (and the "bed", which also has a large notch in it for some reason) I remembered the notorious case of Burke and Hare, the early proto-serial killers who "operated" in Edinburgh some time after George Patterson's day.
The Burke and Hare murders (nickname West Port murders) were serial murders perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, from November 1827 to October 31, 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 17 victims to provide material for dissection. Their purchaser was Doctor Robert Knox, a private anatomy lecturer whose students were drawn from Edinburgh Medical College...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_ ... e_and_Hare
Before the Anatomy Act of 1832 widened the supply, the only legal supply of corpses for anatomical purposes in the UK were those condemned to death and dissection by the courts. This led to a chronic shortage of legitimate subjects for dissection, and this shortage became more serious as the need to train medical students grew, and the number of executions fell. In his school Knox ran up against the problem from the start, since – after 1815 – the Royal Colleges had increased the anatomical work in the medical curriculum. If he taught according to what was known as ‘French method’ the ratio would have had to approach one corpse per pupil.
As a consequence, body-snatching became so prevalent that it was not unusual for relatives and friends of someone who had just died to watch over the body until burial, and then to keep watch over the grave after burial, to stop it being violated. In November 1827 William Hare began a new career when an indebted lodger died on him by chance. He was paid £7.10/- (seven pounds & ten shillings) for delivering the body to Knox.
Might be worth considering. You couldn't really get away with teaching anatomy using murdered or plundered bodies in the college after a certain time period, but you could do so in other places, and there was a large and professionally interested audience who would've been willing to pay good money to observe the dissections, even at the cost of some dirtiness and discomfort.
This ties in with another interesting Edinburgh mystery from around the times of Burke and Hare, but I don't work for the Tourist Board so I'll shut up for now.