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124 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. : [Convivialia In 1783, ? a chapter of the order? was adver tised ?to be held at their chamber in Anetruther Dinner at half-past two.? The LAWNMARKET CLUB, with its so-callec ?gazettes,? has been referred to in our first volume The CAPILLAIRE CLUB was one famous in thq annals of Edinburgh convivalia and for it fashionable gatherings. The Wee24 Xagaziz for I 7 74 records that ?? last Friday night,?the gentle men of the Capillaire Club gave their annual ball The company consisted of nearly two hundrec ladies and gentlemen of the first distinction. Thei dresses were extremely rich and elegant. He Grace the Duchess of D- and Mrs. Gen S- made a most brilliant appearance. Mrs S.?s jewels alone, it is said, were above ;C;30,00c in value. ?The ball was opened about seven, anc ended about twelve o?clock, when a most elegan entertainment was served up.? The ladies whose initials are given were evidentlj the last Duchess of Douglas and Mrs. Scott, wift of General John Scott of Balcomie and Bellevue mother of the Duchess of Portland. She survivec him, and died at Bellevue House, latterly the Ex cise Office, Drummond Place, on the 23rd August 1797, after which the house was occupied by the Duke of Argyle. The next notice we have of the club in the same year is a donation of twenty guineas by the mem bers to the Charity Workhouse. ?? The Capillaire Club,? says a writer in the ?Scottish Journal o Antiquities,? ?was composed of all who were in. clined to be witty and joyous.? There was a JACOBITE CLUB, presided over a1 one time by tine Earl of Buchan, but of which nothing now survives but the name. The INDUSTRIOUS COMPANY was a club composed oddly enough of porter-drinkers, very. numerous, and formed as a species of joint-stock company, for the double purpose of retailing their liquor for profit, and for fun and amusement while drinking it, They met at their rooms, or cellars rather, every night, in the Royal Bank Close. There each member paid at his entry As, and took his monthly turn of superintending the general business of the club; but negligence on the part of some of the managers led to its dissolution. In the Advertiser for 1783 it is announced as a standing order of the WIG CLUB, ?that the members in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh should attend the meetings of the club, or if they find that inconvenient, to send in their resignation; it is requested that the members will be pleased to attend to this regulation, otherwise their places will be supplied by others who wish to be of the club.-Fortune?s Tavern, February 4th, 1783.?? In the preceding January a meeting of the club is summoned at that date, ? as St. P-?s day.:? Mr. Hay of Drumelzier in the chair. As? there is no saint for the 4th February whose initial is P, this must have been some joke known only to the club. Charles, Earl of Haddington, presided on the 2nd December, 1783. From the former notice we may gather that there was a decay of this curious club, the president of which wore a wig of extraordinary materials, which had belonged to the Moray faniily,for three generations, and each new entrant?s powers were tested, by compelling him to drink ? to the fraternity in a quart of claret, without pulling bit-i.e., pausing.? The members generally drank twopenny ale, on which it was possible to get intoxicated for the value of a groat, and ate a coarse kind of loaf, called Soutar?s clod, which, with penny pies of high reputation in those days, were furnished by a shop near Forrester?s Wynd, and known as the [email protected] HoZe. There was an BSCULAPIAN CLUB, a relic of which survives in the Greyfriars Churchyard, where a stone records that in 1785 the members repaired the tomb of ?(John Barnett, student of phisick (sic) who was born 15th March, 1733, and departed this life 1st April, 1755.? The BOAR CLUB was chiefly composed, eventually, of wild waggish spirits and fashionable young men, who held their meetings in Daniel Hogg?s tavern, in Shakespeare Square, close by the Theatre RoyaL ? The joke of this club,? to quote ? Chambers?s Traditio? s,? ? consisted in the supposition that all the members were boars, that their room was a dy, that their talk was grunting, and in the dozcbZeentendre of the small piece of stoneware which served as a repository for the fines, being a &. Upon this they lived twenty years. I have at some expense of eyesight and with no small exertion of patience,? continues Chambers, ?? perused the soiled and blotted records of the club, which, in 1824, were preserved by an old vintner whose house was their last place of meeting, and the result has been the following memorabilia. The Boar Club commenced its meetings in 1787, and the original members were J. G. C. Schetky, a German nusician ; David Shaw, Archibald Crawford, Patrick Robertson, Robert Aldrige, a famous pantonimist and dancing-master ; Jarnes Nelson, and Luke Cross. . , , Their laws were first written iown in due form in 1790. They were to meet :very evening at seven o?clock ; each boar on his :ntry contributed a halfpenny to the pig. A fine if a halfpenny was imposed upon any person who
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