the new town
The area to the north of the old town, between the Castle and the Firth of
Forth, was developed during the eighteenth century and rapidly became the
center of the vital cultural and intellectual life of the "Scottish
Enlightenment." When Percy Bysshe
Shelley and his first wife Harriet eloped to Edinburgh at the end
of August 1811, they took
lodgings in George Street in New Town.