Adam Smith and the Scotland of His Day

Adam Smith and the Scotland of His Day

Adam Smith and the Scotland of His Day

Adam Smith and the Scotland of His Day

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What'l I hae for my tea the nicht A herrin'? or may be a haddie? Has gramna gotten electric licht? Is the next stop Kirkcaldy? We're into the tunnel! We're a' in the dark! But dinna be frichtet, Daddy, We'll sure be coming to Beveridge Park And the next stop's Kirkcaldy. I'll sune be ringing ma Granma's bell She'll cry 'Com ben, my laddie', For I ken mysel' by the queer-like smell That the next stop's Kirkcaldy.

Votre odorat vous indiquera en temps utile que vous arrivez à Kirkcaldy, qui est le grand centre écossais du linoleum.

Parisian guide of 1948 to 'La Grande Bretagne'

Kirkcaldy, Caer Calden, the camp of the Caledons -- Adam Smith and his generation spell it Kirkaldy. The 'l' is silent, and it is always pronounced 'Kirkawdy' (long 'aw').

Let us leave Auld Reekie for the Fife coast in the Aberdeen express from Waverley station, first stop Kirkcaldy. After crossing the Forth Bridge, we creep around the coast, passing in rapid succession, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Aberdour, Burntisland and Kinghorn. The naval base of Rosyth on one side of us, a breaking-up yard on the other; Burntisland full of shipping, Kinghorn quite deserted; here a great campus of red sand, out there the island of Inchkeith, which Hume could see from his top window in Edinburgh and Smith from his garden seat in Kirkcaldy, and on which Dr Johnson landed to inspect the fort and the nettles. One tunnel, two tunnels, and a third to come.

Outside Kirkcaldy railway station is the building which houses the Museum, Art Gallery and Central Library. Across the way is the Adam Smith Memorial Hall, the benefaction of the Beveridge family. In the Museum is the Adam Smith cabinet -- the different editions of his works: his school Eutropius: inkstand: snuff-box: a medal, with himself on one side and Turgot on the other (struck in 1876 to celebrate the centenary of the Wealth of Nations , and presented in 1920 to Kirkcaldy by the Société d'Economie Politique, Paris); and a letter of thanks, in Peel's hand, to the Town of Kirkcaldy.

The cabinet inspected, we descend by a wynd to the long High Street that gives Kirkcaldy the name of 'lang toon', and turning left, look out for the bronze plaque on the south side of the street on the wall of the Clydesdale and North of Scotland Bank. Here stood the house, demolished in 1834 . . .

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