Burke and Hare Murder Dolls

Burke and Hare were the infamous 19th century murderers who sold the corpses of their victims to an anatomy lecturer in exchange for cash. The murder dolls were discovered by a group of boys near ‘Arthur’s Seat’ in an Edinburgh park several years later. The meaning of the dolls was not clear, until the theory emerged that they somehow represented the 17 victims of Burke and Hare. Eight of the dolls were bestowed to the National Museum of Scotland and remain there to this day. They are well worth seeing for those interested in 19th century history, despite their gruesome nature.

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