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" TAVERN DISSIPATION, now so rare amongst the respectable classes of the community, formerly prevailed in Edinburgh to an incredible extent, and engrossed the leisure hours of all professional men, scarcely excepting even the most stern and dignified. No... "
Traditions of Edinburgh - Page 235
by Robert Chambers - 1825
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Cassell's Old and New Edinburgh: Its History, Its People and Its Places

James Grant - Edinburgh (Scotland) - 1880
...dissipation, now so rare among respectable classes of the community, " engrossed," says Chambers, " the leisure hours of all professional men, scarcely...profession, indeed, formed an exception to this rule." Such gatherings and roysterings formed, in the eighteenth century, a marked feature of life in the...
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Cassell's old and new Edinburgh, Volume 3

James Grant - 1884
...dissipation, now so rare among respectable classes of the community, " engrossed," says Chambers, " the leisure hours of all professional men, scarcely...profession, indeed, formed an exception to this rule." Such gatherings and roysterings formed, in the eighteenth century, a marked feature of life in the...
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Burnsiana: A Collection of Literary Odds and Ends Relating to ..., Volume 5

1895
...age of tavern frequenting. The late Dr. Robert Chambers, in his "Traditions of Edinburgh," says, " Tavern dissipation, now so rare amongst the respectable...hours of all professional men, scarcely excepting the most stern and dignified. No rank, class, or profession formed an exception to the rule. When Robert...
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Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

Stephen Baxter - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 245 pages
...toasts to be raised. But the booze wasn't restricted to dinner. Drinking, according to one account, ‘engrossed the leisure hours of all professional...scarcely excepting even the most stern and dignified'. People would drink over business deals and legal matters, even preparing for a day's work on the bench....
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Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

Stephen Baxter - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 256 pages
...toasts to be raised. But the booze wasn't restricted to dinner. Drinking, according to one account, 'engrossed the leisure hours of all professional men,...scarcely excepting even the most stern and dignified'. People would drink over business deals and legal matters, even preparing for a day's work on the bench....
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