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Brodie's Close is named after its notorious resident Deacon Brodie, immortalised by R. L. Stevenson and W. E. Henley in The Double Life.
Brodie was a town councillor and cabinet-maker by day and an ingenious burglar by night. He made copies of his customers' keys while working in their houses and at night came back to burgle them.
In a tenement opposite (now removed), Robert Burns lodged during his first visit to Edinburgh.
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