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 ^5, 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.
source-Old and Ne Edinburgh