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It was a patriarchial Fife laird, Durham of Largo, who had the honour of giving to Edinburgh the sobriquet of " Auld Reekie."

It appears that this old gentleman was in the habit of regulating the time of evening worship by the appearance of the smoke of Edinburgh, which he could easily see through the clear summer twilight from his own door. When he observed the smoke increase in density, in consequence of the good folks of the capital pre-paring their supper, he would call all the family into the house, saying: " It's time, noo, bairns to tak the bulks, and gang to our beds, for yonder's Auld Reekie, I see, putting on her nichtcap."

Robert Chambers

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