Canongate Stars and Stories
an illuminated literary walk
through Edinburgh’s Old Town
Protestant Edinburgh had long been railing against the devilry of the Playhouse but things were heightened when John Home’s play Douglas opened in 1756.
It was written by a Church of Scotland Minister and rallied the enthusiastic crowd to start yelling “Whaur’s yer Wullie Shakespeare noo?”
Whaur’s yer Wullie Shakespeare noo?– Cries of appreciation from a 1756 theatre audience
Pinning It Down
Did You Know?
He is now commemorated on the Scott Monument on Princes Street, along with 15 other Scottish writers including Robert Burns and Tobias Smollett.
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