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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


I2 . OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Canongate. A little gableended house now occupies the site of the former, and was long known as the dwelling of a very different personage, a Lucky Spence, of unenviable notoriety, whose "Last dow on the ground floor, a cavity was found in the solid wall, containing the skeleton of a child, with some remains of fine linen cloth in which it had been wrapped. Our authority,') says Wilson, NISBET OF DIRLETON'S HOUSE. Advice 'I figures somewhat coarsely in the poems of Allan Ramsay. About 1833 a discovery was made, during some alterations in this house, which was deemed illustrative of the desperate character of its seventeenthcentury occupant. '( In breaking out a new Win- '' a worthy shoemaker, who had occupied the house for forty-eight years, was present when the discovery was made, and described very graphically the amazement and horror of the workman, who threw away his crowbar, and was with difficulty , persuaded to resume his operations."
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