A series of dialogues, which appeared in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 1822–35. The series was devised by J. G. Lockhart. The conversations take place at Ambrose's Tavern between various friends, largely based on real people, such as the ‘Shepherd’ (J. Hogg) and ‘Christopher North’ (John Wilson). Wilson wrote more than half the 71 dialogues, but Lockhart, Hogg, and Maginn also contributed. The conversations cover a wide range of subjects, and present a romanticized and whimsical view of Scotland.