The History of Edinburgh, from the Earliest Accounts, to the Year 1780 ...: With an Appendix ...

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Thomas Turnbull, 1816 - Edinburgh (Scotland) - 598 pages
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Page 41 - Myself was at a knight's house, who had many servants to attend him, that brought in his meat with their heads covered with blue caps, the table being more than half furnished with great platters of porridge, each having a little piece of sodden meat ; and when the table was served, the servants did sit down with us ; but the upper mess instead of porridge, had a pullet with some prunes in the broth.
Page 148 - These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country. And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress, yet in all times there have been about one hundred thousand of those vagabonds, who have lived without any regard or subjection either to the laws of the land, or even those of God and nature...
Page 41 - French manner, but they had not our vinteners' fraud to mix their wines. I did never see nor hear that they have any public inns with signs hanging out, but the better sort of citizens brew ale, their usual drink (which will distemper a stranger's body), and the same citizens will entertain passengers upon acquaintance or entreaty.
Page 148 - No magistrate could ever discover, or be informed, which way one in a hundred of these wretches died, or that ever they were baptized.— Many murders have been discovered among them; and they are not only a most unspeakable oppression to poor tenants (who, if they give not bread, or some kind of provision, to perhaps forty such villains in one day, are sure to be insulted by them), but they rob many poor people who live in houses distant from any neighbourhood.
Page 42 - The inferior sort of citizens' wives, and the women of the country, did wear cloaks made of a coarse stuff, of two or three colours, in chequer work, vulgarly called pladden. To conclude, in general they would not, at this time, be attired after the English fashion in any sort; but the men, especially at court, follow the French fashion; a<nd the women, both in court and city, as well in cloaks as naked heads, and also sleeves on the arms, and all other garments, follow the fashion of the women in...
Page 59 - Sir, this is a busy day with us, we cannot hear you ; it is Robin Hood's day. The parish are gone abroad to gather for Robin Hood: I pray you let them not.
Page 198 - And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look ; and behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place...
Page 123 - York and his advisers, only a more pliable instrument of tyranny, a shelter for the lax, and a terror to the upright conscience. It received a speedy approval from the King, and was immediately put in force.
Page 463 - It is a singular fact that in the earlier use of coaches in Scotland, that country was indebted to a native of Stralsund, in Pomerania, who, in the year 1610, offered to contract for a certain number of coaches and waggons, with horses to draw and servants to attend them. Accordingly, a royal patent was granted him, conferring an exclusive privilege, for fifteen years, of running between Edinburgh and Leith. In...
Page 206 - It is adorned' with a lofty square tower, the top of which is encircled with open figured stone-work, resembling the ornaments that enrich the circlet of an imperial crown. From each side and each corner of the tower, rises a slip of stone-work, which meeting in the top with that which springs from the opposite side, forms four arches intersecting each other, and compleating the figure of an imperial crown, the top of which terminates in a pointed spire.

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