Meet Our Team
At City of Edinburgh Tours we are so fortunate to have a dedicated team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable friendly guides on hand to lead to our tours. For our ghost tours the guides dress in period costume and play an infamous individual from Edinburgh’s bloody past. Below are some of our most experienced guides, please take the time to acquaint yourselves with them, learn their full story on their tours. If you’re booking a private tour and have a preference as to who you’d like to lead it, we can accommodate your request.
Dr Robert Knox
One of the leading anatomists, surgeons and medical lecturers of his day Dr Robert Knox was born in Edinburgh in 1793.
However in the early nineteenth-century Scotland’s capital was still a deeply conservative place, the burgh council only supplied the medical school with four cadavers a year for the purposes of medical research. Therefore medical lecturers like Knox had to resort to less than savoury methods. They paid men known as bodysnatchers to dig up freshly buried bodies and bring them to the university. Knox notoriously didn’t ask many questions about where they came from, to the extent that he took corpses from two charming Irishmen named Burke and Hare who didn’t bother using shovels!
Doctor Knox is now one of our most experienced guides; with characteristic surgical precision he provides top-notch scares on a nightly basis with an effortlessly dry humour. For a man of some 224 years he is surprisingly nimble when ambling through the Old Town’s steep and narrow closes. A word of warning though, if you feel severely unwell on one of Knox’s tours and require surgery, don’t let him perform it! Surgeons like Knox were taught that blood on his apron was a sign of surgical skill rather than a potentially life threatening source of bacteria.
Tours Mastered: Old Town and Underground, Famous Ghost Tour, Tour of the Undead, Real Fear Tour, Extreme Paranormal Tour.
Deacon William Brodie
In the late eighteenth century Deacon Brodie was one of Edinburgh’s most respected and well connected citizens.
He was a locksmith, cabinet maker, businessman and town Councillor. By night though he behaved completely differently; a compulsive gambler Brodie ran up huge debts and had to do certain things that there were less than honourable to pay them off. Brodie used his highly honed locksmith skills to expertly rob his wealthy clients and he got away with these thefts for many years.
However a botched attempt to rob the city tax office led finally to his arrest, trial and execution in October 1788.
Now though Deacon Brodie is very much a reformed man and takes charge of our ticket office throughout most of the week. Having been a ghost tour guide with our company since the beginning the deacon knows first hand what our guides, our tours and our underground have to offer. So please to book tickets or request more information give us a call, Deacon Brodie is always happy to recommend who he thinks is the second best tour guide working on a particular day.
Originally from Chile, Gina is naturally able to lead our nightly Spanish ghost tours but she is also fluent in French and Italian.
Therefore Gina can lead enthralling ghost tours in all three of these languages on a private booking basis. Also Gina will soon be adding afternoon historical tours in Spanish to her repertoire.
Tours Mastered: Spanish Ghost Tour, Spanish Historical Tour
Annie Fraque - Operations Manager and Tour Guide
Annie has worked as both a guide and an operations manager in London and Edinburgh.
Originally from Uruguay, Annie is naturally fluent in both English and Spanish and is highly experienced in coordinating and conducting international tour groups. Above all else, Annie is incredibly passionate about helping others discover more about our country’s unique culture, alongside her role at City of Edinburgh Tours she is studying for a degree in European history.