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' At the Highland Show '—2 J. B. DOUGLAS

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The Highland Show, which is being held under the shadow of the Eildons in the beautiful Border town of Melrose, was founded in 1784. Before that, there had been two associations in Edinburgh for the promotion of agriculture. The Highland Society, the present National Agricultural Society of Scotland, owes its inception to a meeting of a few people connected with the Highlands, which took place in Edinburgh in the autumn of 1783. A small committee was formed, and a meeting called in Fortune's Tontine Tavern in the High Street, in February, 1784. About fifty men attended and they unanimously decided that a society be established and called ' The Highland Society of Edinburgh'. During the first fifty years of its existence the Society was not exclusively concerned with agriculture. It encouraged the establishment of towns and villages in the Highlands, suggested improvements in fishing, had its own bard, piper, and professor of Gaelic, and even compiled a dictionary of the old language which cost £ 4,000.

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