Flowers of Edinburgh

Bryan McAlister

Message 15493 · 15 Jan 1999 01:03:09 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In article <369X99XX.X63XX139@xxxxxxxx.xxxx.xx.xx>, Seonaid Mairi Gent
<xxx08@xxxxxxxx.xxxx.xx.xx> writes
>> Any connection between this and the Flowers of Edinburgh?
>
>I know this was talked about a long time ago, but I'm still on holiday and
>only now reading the mail from before Christmas.
>
>Ron is quite right in saying that there is a connection as the term "the
>flowers of Edinburgh" (incidently I think flowers was spelt differently)
>was the polite name for the smell created by the substances thrown out of
>the windows.
>
Hi Seonaid.
Ive also heard that the Flowers of Edinburgh in this particular dance
refers to those ladies of easy virtue, whatever that means, who
frequented the night streets of Edinburgh.
Hence the chasing figure at the beginning where one steals up behind the
lady to sound her out and so on...
Ive seen this dance done with a tap on the shoulder included.
--
Bryan McAlister

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