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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


woman's cap, it was perhaps the most lawless land in Europe. All save those who possessed. zoo merks of yearly rent were forbidden to wear silk or furs, or borderings of pearl or bullion; and the feminine rove of display attracted the attention of Parliarnent at Edinburgh in 1457. It was ordained that citizens should make their wives and daughters appear in costumes suitable to their estate and position ; on their heads short curches with little and their wives the same ; the curches of the latter to be of their own making, and not to exceed the price " of XI pennyes the elne." By the same laws, advocates who spoke for money in Parliament were ordained " to have habits of grene, of the fassoun of a tuneike, and the sleeves to be oppin as a tabert." From the date of the cruel assassination of James I.-the poet, soldier, and lawgiver-may be considered the time when Edinburgh became really [The Castle. resort to " hostillaries," for the encouragement of the latter. During the reign of James I. and his successor laws were passed against excess in dress j and it has been said that, though edicts were passed for everything in Scotland, even to the shape of a hoods ; (' and as to their gownes, that na woman weare mertrickes nor letteis, nor tailes unfit in length, nor furred under, but on the Halie-daie f and that no labourers nor husbandmen were to wear anything on work-days but grey and white ; and even on holidays but light blue, green, red,
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