James explained his reason for searching for the picture:
Burke & Hare
"I collect contemporary material relating to
the darker side of Edinburgh's past, in particular material relating to
Burke & Hare and William Brodie."
James Peacock, Joppa, Edinburgh, March 24, 2008
Burke & Hare were two Irish immigrants who came to Edinburgh to work as
labourers, building the Union Canal.
During 1827-28, they murdered
17 victims in the lodging house run by Hare and his partner, Maggie Laird,
at Tanner's Close. Burke & Hare and sold the corpses to the
Edinburgh Medical College for dissection.