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Fanester?s Wynd.] THE ?MIRROR? CLUB. rzr i ?The Diurnal of Occurrents? records, that in 1566, John Sinclair, Bishop of Brechin, Dean of Restalrig, and Lord President of the College of Justice, died in Forrester?s Wynd, in the house of James Mossman, probably the same man who was a goldsmith in Edinburgh at that time, and whose father, also Jarnes Mossrnan, enclosed with the present four arches the crown of Scotland, by order of James V., when Henry VIII. closed the crown of England. In consequence of the houses being set on fire by the *Castle guns under Kirkaldy, in 1572, it was ordered that all the thatched houses between Beith?s J7ynd and St. Giles?s should be unroofed, and that all stacks of heather should be carried away from the streets Fleshmarket Close ; but oftener, perhaps, in Lucky Dunbar?s, a house situated in an alley that led between Liberton?s Wynd and that of Forrester?s Wynd. This Club commenced its publication of the Mirror in January, 1729, and terminated it in May, 1780. It was a folio sheet, published weekly at three-halfpence. The *Lounger, to which Lord Craig contributed largely, was commenced, by the staff of the Mirror, on the 6th ot February, 1785, and continued weekly till the 6th of January, 1787. paid to their morals, behaviour, and every branch of education.? In this quarter Turk?s Close, Carthrae?s, Forrester?s, and Beith?s Wynds, all stood on the slope between Liberton?s Wynd and St. Giles?s Church ; but every stone of these had been swept away many years before the great breach made by the new bridge was projected. Forrester?s Wynd occurs so often in local annals that it must have been a place of some consideration. JOHN DOWIE?S TAVERN. (Fs~m fk Engraving in How?$ YearBwk.?) Among the members of this literary Club were Mr. Alexander Abercrombie, afterwards Lord Abercrombie ; Lord Bannatyne ; Mr. George Home, Clerk of Session ; Gordon of Newhall ; and a Mr. George Ogilvie ; among their correspondents were Lord Hailes, Mr. Baron Hurne, Dr. Beattie, and many other eminent literary men of the time ; but of the IOI papers of the Lounger, fifty-seven are the production of Henry Mackenzie, including his general review of Burns?s poems, already referred to. In Liberton?s Wynd, we find from the Ediduygh Advertiser of 1783, that the Misses Preston, daughters of the late minister of Narkinch, had a boarding school for young ladies, whose parents ?may depend that the greatest attention will be 18
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