Brass. Diameter 26.3mm. DALZIEL COOKING DEPOT · + · around, 1D. in centre, incuse. Good VF
We can only find one internet reference (and nothing at all on Google!) to cooking depots. This refers to
Catherine Sinclair, born at Charlotte Square, Edinburgh in April 1800. She was the fourth daughter of Lady Diana Macdonald and Sir John Sinclair, 1st Baronet. She was her father's secretary from the age of 14 until his death in 1835. From 1814 to 1818 she lived at Ormeley Lodge, Ham, in Surrey.
She wrote children's books, prompted by an interest in her nephew, the Hon. George Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow. Her story of two anarchic children, in Holiday House, A Book for the Young, successfully engaged the imagination of her readers.
Sinclair's activities in Edinburgh included charitable works such as the establishment of cooking depots in old and new Edinburgh and the maintenance of a mission station at the Water of Leith. She was instrumental in securing seats for crowded thoroughfares, and she set the example in Edinburgh of instituting drinking fountains, one of which bore her name and stood at the city's West End before it was removed as an obstruction to trams in 1926. She is also noted as being the discoverer of Sir Walter Scott's authorship of "The Waverley Novels" which were originally written anonymously.
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