(Auld). Chambers says: “An old patriarchal laird (Durham
of Largo) was in the habit of regulating the time of evening worship by
the appearance of the smoke of Edinburgh. ... When it increased in
density, in consequence of the good folk preparing supper, he would ...
say, `It is time noo, bairns, to tak the buiks and gang to our beds,
for yonder's auld Reekie, I see, putting on her night-cap.”'
“Yonder is auld Reekie. You may see the smoke hover over her at
twenty miles' distance.” —Sir W. Scott: The Abbot, xvii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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