‘She understands the game of love admirably well; she’s profuse in her favours, and declares she ever will be so’, so wrote Ranger in his 1775 guide to Edinburgh prostitutes and brothels about a Miss Menzies; but who was she, where did she come from and how did she end up at the ‘Back of Bess’ Wynd’?
Piecing together what little is known about sex work in Edinburgh during the 17th and 18th centuries, this lecture will discuss who these women were, where they worked and some of the daily challenges they faced.
This lecture is part of the Hidden Histories series, which deals with some of the lesser known and more contentious subjects from Edinburgh’s past. This series is aimed at adults and older teenagers; please consider the subject matter carefully if booking tickets for children younger than this.
Other lectures in the 2019 series are:
Scotch on the Rocks - Literary Friction in the Scottish Enlightenment at Newhailes
Sickeningly Sweet - The Story of Edinburgh's 18th Century Sugar Trade at The Georgian House
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Hidden Histories: Worshipping at the Shrine of Venus - Sex Work in Old Town Edinburgh are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.
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