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A New Biographical Dictionary

There is so much in this, but every time I read it I just keep saying, “half a crown was a lot of money in those days!” to myself. To explain this: when we were younger, we had a Ladybird abridged version of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, which came with an accompanying cassette …

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Shumack and Lamb Skins

That font of knowledge, Wiktionary, suggests that ‘shumack’ is the obsolete way of spelling ‘sumac’, a shrub or spice. Can anyone verify this? Excerpt taken from: Caledonian Mercury, 4 Jan. 1800. British Library Newspapers, accessed via National Library of Scotland membership.

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The Pleasures of Hope

This “small octavo, ornamented with engravings”, written by THOMAS CAMPBELL, is offered for sale for 6s. This is the second edition, and has been corrected and enlarged. Various other literary delights may also be had, not least Lady Grange’s epistle, written “during her confinement in the Island of St Kilda”. And “speedily will be published, …

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Canongate Kilwinning

Calling all masons! This month’s lodge meeting will be held on Thursday the 9th of January at seven o’clock. Lodge Canongate Kilwinning, still active, boasts quite the history, being the oldest purpose-built masonic room in constant use in the entire world. Excerpt taken from: Caledonian Mercury, 4 Jan. 1800. British Library Newspapers, accessed via National …

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Hardware and Optical Warehouse

Tortoise Shell Spectacles! Ramsden’s Telescopes! Thermometers! Mathematical Instruments! And, err, an oil painting of the last interview of LEWIS XVI, with his family? Excerpt taken from: Caledonian Mercury, 4 Jan. 1800. British Library Newspapers, accessed via National Library of Scotland membership.

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