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Translated it means "Old Smoky". A reference to the smoke caused by industrialisation.


Reek in Scots is smoke in this case. It can also mean smell. Auld Reekie means Old Smoky because of the smoke from the chimneys of the tenements and close packed houses. The Clean Air Act sorted that problem out.

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