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Mercat Team Videos

16th Sep 2020

Here at Mercat Tours, we tell stories. More specifically, we take pleasure in telling stories about Edinburgh’s history, whether it’s an astonishing fact from 1770 or a funny anecdote about something that happened earlier this year!

That’s why we have compiled the following videos from the Mercat Team – to share our stories and experiences, as well as those of Edinburgh’s fascinating (and sometimes dark and gruesome) past!


1. David Hume, and the Most Acute Theologian He’d Ever Met – Simon Bendle

One of our storytellers, Simon, recalls his favourite story about David Hume. Simon has been with Mercat for more than four years, and is well-versed in Edinburgh’s colourful history.

First, a bit of background on David Hume...

For those who don’t know, David Hume was a true Edinburgh local from birth (1711) to death (1776), and an important figure in the city’s history. As a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, Hume was well known throughout Scotland.

However, “well known” does not necessarily mean “popular”, and Hume’s outspoken atheism was frowned upon by much of the local Edinburgh community, as he openly discussed his skepticism and critique of religion. “A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence,” was just one of Hume’s many published anti-religious statements.

Which brings us to Simon’s quirky anecdote about the most acute theologian he’d ever encountered...



2. Simon Bendle’s Stance on the Importance of History

In this worthy addition to our compilation of Mercat Team Videos, our seasoned storyteller Simon enlightens us on the importance of not just documenting history, but giving it new life through exceptional storytelling.

Mercat Tours strongly believes that history is a damn good story, and what it needs is damn good storytelling – this is what we centre our entire visitor experience around.

To borrow Simon’s conclusion, “So the next time you are in Edinburgh’s Old Town, please let Mercat Tours entertain you with the most outrageous, shocking, and inspiring stories that this wonderful old capital city of ours has to offer.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Simon!

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