History of Leith, Edinburgh

March 27, 2013

The WIG CLUB

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
j)leased 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
summoned at that date, ” as St. P ‘s day.” i i
Hay of. Drumelzier in the chair. As there is r_:
saint for the 4th February whose initial is P. :
must have been some joke known only to the ch I
Charles, Earl of Haddington, presided on the a
Decemoer, 1783.
From the former notice we may gather that I a
was a decay of this curious club, the president
which wore a wig of extraordinary materials, wind
had belonged to the Moray family for three gene-a.
tions, and each new entrant’s powers were testr I
by compelling him to drink ” to the fraternity in :
quart of claret, without pulling bit—i.e., pausing.”
The members generally drank twopenny ale,
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 Baijen
Hole.

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