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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


J48 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [George Street. that sum has been called. It is expressly provided by the charter of the bank, granted 5th August, 1831, ?that nothing contained in these presents shall be construed as intended to limit the responsibility and liability of the individual partners of the said Corporation for the debts and engagements lawfully contracted by the said Corporation, which responsibility and liability is to remain as valid and effectual as if these presents had not been most elegant of any in Britain.? In addition to the ball-room, ? there is to be a tea-room, fifty feet by thirty-six, which will also serve as a ballroom on ordinary occasions ; also a grand saloon, thirty-eight feet by forty-four feet, besides other and smaller rooms. The whole expense will be 6,000 guineas, and the building is to be begun immediately. Another Assembly Room, on a smaller scale, is to be built immediately by the INTERIOR OF ST. ANDREW?S CHURCH, GEORGE STREET. granted, any law or practice to the contrary notwithstanding.? The branch of the Clydesdale Bank, a little farther westward on the other side, is a handsome building ; but the next chief edifice-which, with its arcade of three rustic arches and portico, was long deemed by those obstinately wedded to use and wont both an eyesore and encroachment on the old monotonous amenity of George Street, when first erected-is the Assembly Rooms. The principal dancing-hall here is ninety-two feet long by forty-two feet wide, and forty feet high, adorned with magnificent crystal lustres. ?? The New Assembly Rooms, for which the ground is staked out in the new town,? says the Edinburgh AdvPrtise7 for April, 1783, ?will be among the inhabitants on the south side of the town; in George Square,? Eventually this room was placed in Buccleuch Place. ? Since the peace,? continues the paper, ? a great deal of ground has been feued for houses in the new town, and the buildings there are going on with astonishing rapidity.? To the assemblies of 1783, the letters of Theophrastus inform us that gentlemen were in the habit of reeling ?from the tavern, flustered with wine, to an assembly of as elegant and beautiful women as any in Europe;? also that minuets had gone out of fashion, and country dances were chiefly in vogue, and that in 1787 a master of the ceremonies was appointed. The weekly assemblies here in the Edinburgh seasvn are now among the most brilliant and best con
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?49 _- George S1rret.l THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. ducted in Europe; but the regulations as issued for them a century ago may amuse their frequenters in the present day, and we copy them verbatim. ?(NEW ASSEMBLY ROOMS, GEORGE STREET. (? THE proprietors finding that the mode they proposed for subscribing to the assemblies this winter has not met with general approbation, did, at a general meeting, held 12th January, come to the following resolutions as to the mode of admission in future :- ?* Subscription books are open at the house of the Mastez of the Ceremonies, Wlliam Graham, Esq., No. 66, Princes Street, and Mr. William Sanderson, merchant, in the Luckenbooths, to either of whom the nobility and gentry intending to subscribe are requested to send their names and subscription money, when they will receive their tickets. The first assembly (of the season) to be on Thursday, the 29th January, 1789.? Prior to the erection of the adjoining music hall many great banquets and public meetings OLD PHYSICIANS? HALL, GEORGE STREET, 1829. (Aftr Shrpkml.) ((1. That the ladies? subscription shall be one guinea. ? 11. That subscriptions for gentlemen who are proprietors of the rooms shall be one guinea ? 111. That the subscription for gentlemen who are nut, proprietors of the rooms shall be two guineas. ? IV. That each subscriber shall have twenty-four admission tickets. ? V. Subscribers when absent to have the power of granting two of these tickets for each assembly, either to a lady or gentleman, and no more ; when present, only one ; and no ticket will procure admittance unless dated and signed by the granter ; and the tickets thus granted are not transferable. ?VI. Each non-subscriber to pay 3s. at the door on presenting his ticket. ? VII. Each director is allowed two additional tickets extraordinary for each asseably, m-hich he may transfer, addmg the word Dirccfiw to his signature. ?VIII. No admission wit/rout a fkkd on any arcounl Yriractw. took place in the great ball-room. One of the most interesting of these was the second ovation bestowed on the famous Black Watch in 1816. There had been a grand reception of the regiment in 1802, on its return from Egypt, when a new set of colours, decorated with the Sphinx, after a prayer by Principal Baird, were bestowed upon the war-worn Highland battalion on the Castle Hill by General Vyse, amid a vast concourse of enthsiastic spectators ; but a still greater ovstion and a banquet awaited the regiment on its return to Edinburgh Castle in the year after Waterloo. It entered the city in two divisions on the 19th and 20th March, 1816. Colonel Dick of Tullybole, who afterwards fell in India, rode at the head
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