Brewster Wives Walk
Sat 14 September 2019, Edinburgh
The Art Walk Porty Festival
Claudia Zeiske has made a name for her personal pilgrimages that link places special to ourselves with political, historic or anecdotal sites. In the past she walked from Home to Home, linking her home town of Huntly in Aberdeenshire with her childhood place near Munich where her mother still lives. Recently she undertook a three-country peace walk in the Balkan and creates annual thematic Slow Marathons linked to such topics as transport, energy or land use.
With a bottle of beer brewed by her husband in her rucksack - for the ART WALK PORTY festival she will reapropriate the 17th Century Brewster Wives Walk, leading from Portobello to the top of Arthur’s Seat. Groaning cheese picnic with discussion about all things personal path making at the end. Walk starts from Bellfield Event Hub, Bellfield Street. The event starts at 10 am.
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A passage from the June 11 edition (1661) of the Mercurius Caledonius, as quoted in the essay "Women As Athletes in Early Modern Britain" by Peter Radford:
"six brewster wives, great with childe, are to run from the Thicket Burn to the top of Arthur Seat, for a groaning cheese of one hundred pounds weight, and a budgell of Dunkel aquavitæ, and a rumpkine of Brumsweek mum for the second, set down by a Dutch midwife. The next day after, sixteen fish-wives are to trot from Muslburgh to the Cannon-cross, for twelve pair of lambs harrigals."