The History of Leith

June 10, 2006

The Reel of Bogie


This cartoon shows several ministers dancing wildly while a judge waves a sword at them from an open doorway. Its caption reads: ‘THE REEL OF BOGIE!! / A CLERICAL DANCE. / Sometimes danced as a Foursome, sometimes as a Threesome, and sometimes as a Twoseome Reel. / “As Charlie [sic] glowr’d amazed and curious, / The mirth and fun grew fast and furious” – Burns.’ The cartoonist’s initials are given as ‘D.D.’ The lithographer was W. Nichol and the sheet was published by A. Lesage of 21 Hanover Street in Edinburgh. It may date from between 1833 and 1842, when Lesage is known to have had premises there. for more click here

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