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The Ed­in­burgh Seven

The first fe­male stu­dents at a British univer­sity started study­ing medicine in 1869 after Sophia Jex-blake was de­nied a place be­cause Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity didn’t want to make ar­range­ments “in the in­ter­est of one lady”. She placed an ad in The Scots­man for women to join her so the univer­sity had no ex­cuse. They weren’t al­lowed to grad­u­ate, but five of the seven did qual­ify as doc­tors else­where, paving the way for gen­er­a­tions of women to study at univer­sity.

Bank Of Eng­land

The Bank of Eng­land was founded by Scot­tish trader and banker Wil­liam Paterson, who pro­posed the idea in 1691 then be­came a di­rec­tor when it was es­tab­lished three years later. Soon after, the Bank of Scot­land was founded by – you guessed it – an English­man, John Hol­land.

Macrae re­stored this build­ing in Grass­mar­ket in 1929

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