Edinburgh: Fact or Myth?

Edinburgh: Fact or Myth?

We all know that Edinburgh is a legendary city, and we’ve all heard a myth or two. It never stops raining, the Royal Mile is a mile long, and rubbing Greyfriars Bobby’s nose is a sure way to bring good luck. But how many of these so-called facts are actually true?   MYTH 1: It […]

Canine Connections: Edinburgh’s Famous Dogs

Canine Connections: Edinburgh’s Famous Dogs

We make it no secret that we love dogs at Factotum. Our office Springer, Sam, is often joined by other staff dogs including Jackson the Jack Russell, Hanks the English Bulldog and Chica the Cockapoo. We’ve written about our favourite dog walks, our favourite dog-friendly places to eat and drink. Now it’s all about our […]

What is a Factotum?

What is a Factotum?

Factotum is our name, our brand, our everything – but what does it actually mean? The origin of Factotum is from medieval Latin: • ‘Fac’, the imperative of ‘facere’ meaning ‘do’ • ‘Totem’, the neuter of ‘totus’ meaning ‘the whole thing’. ‘Do the whole thing’, translating roughly as ‘master of everything’. In modern English, Factotum […]

Interesting Historical Characters: Edinburgh

Interesting Historical Characters: Edinburgh

  Edinburgh just wouldn’t be the same without its colourful history. Steeped in myth, folklore and legend, our fair city would be nothing without the interesting characters that built it. Here’s Factotum’s list of Edinburgh’s most interesting former residents.   Deacon Brodie The Deacon Brodie name is now known as one of the Old Town’s […]

Parliamo Edinburgo?

Parliamo Edinburgo?

As a life-long resident of Edinburgh with a spell of study and work in London, I am always amazed by the words and local sayings we use here and take for granted, that leave the good visitors to our Fair City baffled as to their meaning, wondering whether we do indeed share a common language. Here’s […]

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

The Best Easter Egg Rolling in Edinburgh

Easter Egg rolling has been a tradition since the 19th century. Symbolic of rolling away the rock in front of Christ’s tomb, the egg is also supposed to signify the rebirth of land during spring. Being amongst the UK’s hilliest cities, Edinburgh is “eggactly” the right place to find the perfect Easter egg rolling spot. […]

Did you know…. Edinburgh?

Did you know…. Edinburgh?

You may think you know the city, but do you really know Edinburgh? Check out our fun facts below – we didn’t even know all of them! 1) Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire service in 1703. However, it was a volunteer fire brigade! 2) Princes Street gardens […]