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 Old Humphrey.Old News. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Old Mortality.
 
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.   1
 


 Old Humphrey.Old News. 

 
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