Regulations for Hackney coaches in original tin case
The term ‘Hackney coaches’ refers to any carriage available for hire, usually a four-wheeled carriage drawn by two horses and holding six passengers. The first public coaches in Scotland were placed on the road between Edinburgh and Leith in 1610. Regular stage-coach links between London and Edinburgh started to appear after 1753, but Glasgow had to wait until 1788. The journey from London would take 63 hours. By 1825, eight Royal Mail coaches and up to fifty stagecoaches started from Edinburgh every day.