NT2573 : Tirling pin, Royal Mile

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Tirling pin, Royal Mile
Tirling pin, Royal Mile
The tirling pin (meaning 'rattling pin') was a primitive ancestor of the door-bell and a cousin of the door-knocker. It was scraped up and down to make a rasping sound that would announce a visitor's arrival. This one is on the door of Cannonball House on Castlehill. Alas, the word 'tirling' has disappeared as no-one has any use for it any more. The 'Wee Willie Winkie' poem by William Miller may turn out to be its final resting-place.

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toon,
Up stairs an' doon stairs in his nicht-gown,
Tirlin' at the window, cryin' at the lock,
"Are the weans in their bed, for it's now ten o'clock?"
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 17 October, 2009
Category
Ironwork   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 253 735 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.9232N 3:11.7769W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 253 735
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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