Kossuth in Edinburgh
Kossuth visited Edinburgh
on several occasions during 1856.
The city was, of course, much smaller than it is today.
Leith was almost a separate port town, and Robert Louis Stevenson was a 6-year
Edinburgh in 1860
The Daily Scotsman had reported a rumour in 1854 that Kossuth may visit in
the near future,
but this does not seem to have happened...
July 8 1854
In 1856, The Daily
Scotsman first reports on April 2nd and 5th that efforts are being made to
secure an appearance,
and then confirms that Kossuth will deliver a lecture in early May.
April 2 1856
April 5 1856
These efforts were
successful, and Kossuth appeared in Edinburgh, giving lectures April 30th
and May 3rd.
The latter was reported at some length in the Daily Scotsman.
To read the whole piece, please click on the image below (you may have to zoom in!)...
May 3 1856
Some idea of the
number of the popularity of Kossuth as a public speaker can be found
in the list of towns and cities he agreed to lecture in during the
summer of 1856 ...
It is thought that Kossuth
may have visited Edinburgh during June or July,
as it is mentioned in reports from Dunfermline that he travelled from the
Unfortunately, we haven't yet found any relevant newspaper reports.
By September Kossuth was again in demand, and agreed to return to Edinburgh
for further lectures.
September 27 1856
Because he had recently
toured Scotland speaking of Hungary's relationship with Austria,
Kossuth varied his programme a little by speaking about the contemporary
problems in Italy, particularly in Naples.
In November and December,
Kossuth gave lectures in Edinburgh as promised.
Between 28th November and 2nd December he delivered talks in various locations
in the city,
including one specifically aimed at the working men.
November 26 1856
Newspaper reports on
the lectures were, as usual, full of praise for Kossuth's oratory skills...
December 8 1856