Southside Guest House bed and breakfast accommodation Edinburgh

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lynne and franco

Lynne MacDonald Galgani and Franco Galgani are the proud owners of Southside and your hosts during your stay. Lynne’s childhood was spent in the Highlands of Scotland and Franco’s further South …in Florence, Tuscany.

Both Lynne and Franco have been involved in running hotels for many years, in most roles. For the past fifteen years Franco has managed large hotels and hotel groups at corporate level. Both are very happy to have gone back to the roots and take enormous pleasure in the personal and attentive hospitality and standards that can only be achieved within smaller owner managed properties.

They and their small team look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh and to Southside!

No. 8 Newington Road, Edinburgh

The House and its inhabitants, 1867 -2012

Work in progress!! (...still!!)


We enjoy dipping back into the history of the house we live in and finding out about its past inhabitants. We are doing this at a leisurely pace and will keep adding information and filling gaps as the research unfolds. If you, the reader, by chance or design, are able to assist us or comment on its content, please feel free to get in touch.

There are two starting points for our research. Firstly, the property deeds which are in our possession and which document the changing of ownership from the time the house was built in 1867 until the present time. Secondly the online resources of that excellent Scottish genealogy site: Scottish genealogy.
this site provides the springboard for research beyond Edinburgh and Scotland.


The House at 8 Newington Road, Edinburgh, was built in the 1860s and is part of a Victorian Terrace which includes at No 10 next door, West Newington House (1805) formerly occupied among others by Thomas Nelson the publisher. Among the early owners of 8 Newington Road (Southside) were Andrew Somerville the Surgeon and also Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Ross. The Caplan family, well-known Edinburgh drapers owned the House between 1924 and 1953. In 2000 Southside was lovingly restored bringing back many of its original features and creating a little gem. The vicinity is rich in history and heritage with links to many historical and literary figures.

the south side of edinburgh

is one of the most fascinating districts in Edinburgh. Protected by its own green fringes of the Meadows on the West and Holyrood Park, Arthur Seat and Salisbury Crags on the East, it still retains something of a neighbourhood atmosphere. The area is rich in association with many historical and literary figures and within its confines there is be found almost every conceivable type of Scottish domestic architecture.

Snippets of History!

The Edinburgh Review was founded in Buccleuch Place. Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott only meeting took place at Sciennes House just off Causewayside. The famous photographer David Octavius Hill spent many years at 38 Mayfield Terrace. The gallows stood on the site of the school at the end of East Preston Street! Dr Knox of body snatching fame lived in Newington Road. The old Jewish Cemetery was next to the Meadows. The convent of St Catherine of Siena, again near the Meadows gives the name to the Sciennes district. At the Old Hospice of St Leonard’s the monks maintained 12 old men! Jeannie Deans immortalised by Sir Walter Scott lived in St Leonard’s Bank. Round the corner, where the Vet College is now, existed the famous Summerhall Brewery!!

..links to sites we like!


A goldmine of information for Opera lovers - composers, operas, libretti, perfomances history and more! Opera Glass

Opera World has links to many Opera Companies websites and Schedules of Perfomances across the world - as well as a range of other Opera information resources. Opera World

The National Opera Company for Scotland. It deserves great support for its consistent excellence. Scottish Opera

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is a wonderful institution. Its Live Radio Broadcasting Programme is a major force in spreading the love of Opera across the globe. Met Opera

The legendary La Scala of Milano. Teatro Alla Scala


You can never replace the joy of reading a real book!! However this site listing over 20,000 free books on the Web is a very helpful and fast tool for dipping in and for research.You can simply select the book you wish to read to view without downloading. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library. Online Books Library

The original digital library. Over 19,000 available. A real gem for research and sheer enjoyment! The books need downloading Gutenberg Digital Books Library

The British Library's website ~ invaluable for serious researchers is also very handy for the general public. British Library

Abebooks is a site for book lovers - it searches 13,000 booksellers world-wide for: new, second-hand, rare and out of print books - we have often used it and so far it has never failed to find the book we were looking for! Abebooks


Ever stuck for ideas on what to cook? Here is an answer: a web site with a huge number of links to recipes by type, style, country etc. Recipe Source

An excellent and easy to use source of information on food ~ most recipes are from celebrity chefs. BBC Recipes


This is the internet's premier film website. The huge database contains a wealth of movie infromation, which you can search by actor, film title, character or famous quotes. IMDB is an online insitution! All about Films

Since mid-1996, this site, composed of thousands of pages, has been an award-winning, unique resource for classic film buffs and all who are interested in films. Includes interpretive and detailed plot synopses, review commentary, an unparalleled wealth of film reference material, and historical background for hundreds of classic Hollywood/American and other English-language films in the last century. Films Resources


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