The History of Leith

June 26, 2006

Whiggery’s Withered Trunk Put Forth a Leaf

This political report begins: ‘THE County of Roxburgh was already tired with the foolish, bombastic, and unmeaning effusions of sciolistic and shallow witted politicians; the walls had been covered with Placards containing recitals and re-recitals of circumstances which had no existence, save in the imaginations of their authors . . .’ The author is named as ‘A LOOKER ON’ and the sheet is dated 5th September 1832. There are no further publication details given. ‘Sciolistic’, which appears in the first sentence, is a word referring to someone with unjustified pretensions to knowledge. for more click here

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