Taken from ‘Little folks; A Magazine for the Young” 1890.
‘This is a nice name for an evening bell, is it not?
It sounds a great deal pleasanter than the “cover fire,” or curfew, of the Normans.
Many years ago it was the custom in Edinburgh to have a bell rung at eight o’clock at night, as a sign that it was time to shut up the shops. Such a bell struck sweetly on the ears of the tired shopmen, and so they gave it its pretty name. But more prosy folk called it the “aucht (eight) hours’ bell.”