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Old Mortality

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The itinerant antiquary in Sir Walter Scott’s novel of that name. It is said to be a picture of Robert Paterson, a Scotchman, who busied himself in clearing the moss from the tombstones of the Covenanters.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Old Faith Men
Old Fogs
Old Fox
Old Gentleman (The)
Old Glory
Old Gooseberry
Old Grog
Old Hands
Old Harry
Old Humphrey
Old Mortality
Old News
Old Noll
Old Noll’s Fiddler
Old Port School
Old Reeky
Old Rowley
Old Salt (An)
Old Scratch
Old Song
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