1861 the 17th Century building that stood here suddenly collapsed,
killing 35 people. A young boy, Joseph McIvor was the only
survivor. His rescuers heard him shout from the rubble.
Awa Lads I'm no deid yet".
honour of Joseph's miraculous escape, the building that replaced
it was called 'The Heave Awa Hoose'. and an ornate lintel
with a carving of Joseph McIvor's head acts as a reminder
of the event.
underneath it read's 'Heave Awa Chaps, I'm No Died Yet!'
(The 'Lads' was substituted for 'Chaps' so Victorian tourists
from London could understand it.)
the middle of the 1800's the old town houses were at least
300 years old and crumbling. The collapse of the building
prompted a public outcry and an enquiry into the appalling
living conditions in the old town.
had long since moved out to the wide streets and open space of the
New Town and there was quite simply no investment in the old tenements.