in the scene is the earthen mound, or raised, artificial road, which
forms one of the lines of communication between the Old and the New
Town. This is a modern work, and though neither an object of
beauty, of science, or of art, is of great public accommodation and
huge deformity, of lumpish length," extending from Hanover-street
in the New Town, to Bank-street in the Old, owes its origin to a
tradesman, named Boyd, who raised some planks across the north loch for
the purpose of obtaining a nearer line of communication - from the
former to the latter parts of the town.
excavated materials which were dug to lay the foundations of new
buildings, were ordered to be thrown into this place, and gradually
accumulating, soon formed a large and substantial bank.
its precise contents and measurements cannot be accurately ascertained,
it may be calculated at 720 feet in length, 160 in breadth, and 78 feet
in height. Its solid contents are estimated at two millions of
cart loads, or seven thousand entire yards of earth.