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Parliament House – The Hidden Gem

The five-year redevelopment project of Scotland's historic Parliament Hall, Edinburgh was commemorated on 23 June with the unveiling of a plaque by the Lord President, the Rt. Hon. Lord Gill, Chairman of the Scottish Court Service.

Attending the ceremony was the Lord Advocate, the Rt. Hon Frank Mulholland QC who said he had a long and happy association with the building and had been privileged to have appeared there on many occasions.

The Lord Advocate concluded:

“This building has played a significant role in the development of this nation and in the lives of its people. And with the improvements that the redevelopment has brought, I am confident that it will continue to do so for many years to come.”

He also expressed his particular interest in the judicial history of the building in respect of the great cases that have been heard there and recounted the case of the infamous William Brodie or Deacon Brodie as he was better known.

By day, Deacon Brodie was a respectable tradesman and Deacon of the Incorporation of Wrights, the head of the Craft of Cabinetmaking and a member of the Town Council. By night, however he was a thief and housebreaker. Brodie was eventually arrested, prosecuted, convicted and hanged at the Tolbooth Prison in the High Street on 1 October 1788.

An exhibition - 'Parliament House, The Hidden Gem' - will feature from 28 July to 29 August as venue 402 for the Edinburgh Fringe. The exhibition, which provides a glimpse into the history, traditions and purpose of the Supreme Courts building, will be open Monday to Friday 10:30-1600.