Key to Scotland - A Picture of Edinburgh, the Capital of Scotland

'The film briefly recounts the history of Edinburgh tom the sixth century when Edwin, king of Northumbria, conquered the valley. For a small country Scotland has had a turbulent history, and through the Middle Ages Edinburgh Castle was the centre of continuous warfare. Through all the turmoil the old round of agriculture went on as it goes on to-day in the fields that lie between the city and the sea.
In peace time Edinburgh became a city of literature and learning; it produced great philosophers, doctors, poets and novelists. To-day it is an important educational centre possessing many fine schools. Students come from all over the world to its university and medical school.
For centuries the residence of Scottish kings, the city has all the appearances of a capital. Its fine streets and buildings, its churches and palace–and above all the Castle–give it a unique dignity. Some of the pageantry associated with the residence of the King is revived when the Royal family pays a visit to Holyrood Palace, and when the Lord High Commissioner opens the Church Assembly–the most spectacular event of the year.' [1]

Date: 1935
Duration: 14:--

Director: Marion Grierson
Production Company: Strand/TIDA
Producer: -
Cinematography: -
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Sound Recording: -

35mm: 1260ft. 16mm: 500ft.


Edinburgh is a silent counterpart to this title.

Credits listed here are taken from the British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 267, ref: 06869.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1939