Works of art destroyed in blaze

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Tens of thousands of pounds worth of art and antiquarian books have been lost in a New Year house fire.

The blaze at the Edinburgh home of former Scotsman editor Magnus Linklater destroyed works by artists including Samuel Peploe and William MacTaggart.

The fire, in a drawing room, was thought to have started in Christmas tree lights as Mr Linklater and his wife Veronica hosted a party.

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