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. […]

The Big Four Edinburgh Fringe Venues

The Big Four Edinburgh Fringe Venues

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (often referred to simply as the ‘The Fringe’) is the world’s largest Arts Festival. Established in 1947, by 2016 it spanned 25 days, featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues! Sounds a bit crazy, right? So here is a guest pass into finding out more about these spectacular Fringe […]

The Best Edinburgh Coffee

The Best Edinburgh Coffee

When you think of Edinburgh, the first thing that springs to mind may be the amazing festivals in August, or perhaps the incredible architecture of the Old Town, the castle sat on the hill, or even the wide assortment of incredible cocktail bars throughout the city. Once you have spent a little time wandering its […]

Factotum’s Favourite Hidden Bars of Edinburgh

Factotum’s Favourite Hidden Bars of Edinburgh

Bored of going to the same Edinburgh bars for a tipple during your free time? Interested in trying out new venues? Whether you enjoy the vibrant bars of George Street or the more traditional pubs of the Grassmarket, I can guarantee after reading about these hidden gems in Edinburgh’s City Centre that you will want […]