The first public sedan chairs in Scotland became available - On this day in Scottish history


19 October 2020
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RP-P-1964-1441-11019.jpg First sedan chair
Scotland's first public hire sedan chairs became available on 19 October 1687. ...

Scotland's first public hire sedan chairs became available in Edinburgh on 19 October 1687. The chairs had become a popular form of transport for Edinburgh's wealthiest citizens - who had their own sedans, along with men to carry them through the steep city streets. The new fleet of six hire sedans were plain black with a covered roof and were an alternative form of transport to the horse and carriage.

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(image copyright Rijks Museum)