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BRISSEL-COCK, a turkeycock

BRITISH CONVENTION, a union of delegates from the political clubs called Societies of the Friends of the People, which met at Edinburgh in December 1792, to agitate, in the spirit of the National Convention of France, for parliamentary reform BROCARD, a canon, short proverbial law

BROKEN MEN, outlaws, notorious vagabonds, and men excluded from their clans on account of their crimes-all lawless characters BROO', broth

BRUCKLE, disordered, unsettled

BRUIK, to enjoy, possess BRULZIE, a broil, brawl, fray


name of a tune BURD, a lady BURGONET, a helmet with visor BUTTOCK-MAIL, a fine for

merly imposed by the Church in cases of fornication

CALIPH VATHEK. Cf. Beckford's Arabian story Vathek (1784)

CALLANT, a lad, stripling CANNY, cautious; lucky, fortunate

CANTER, a professional beggar, who cants and whines CANTRIP, a trick

CARANZA. Jeromino de Carranza, a Spanish soldier and sometime governor of Spanish Honduras, wrote The Philosophy of Arms (San Lucar, 1569), a treatise on fencing and duelling CARLE, a fellow, churl CASSANDRA, a long romance by La Calprenède, published in 1642 CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI, a Ghibelline soldier-statesman who in the first half of the 14th century made Lucca one of the principal states in Italy CATERAN, a Highland marauder


Vin des deux oreilles is

poor or bad wine, because (it is said) it makes the person tasting of it shake his head, and so both ears. The context, however, requires Vin d'une oreille, that is, good wine, so called because it leads the taster to incline his head meditatively to one side (ear) only

CHAP, a bargain; a customer

CHARGE OF HORNING, a summons of the royal executive to a person to pay his just debt, under penalty of being put to the horn, or proclaimed a rebel to the sound of the horn

CLACHAN, a hamlet CLAMHEWIT, a stroke CLELIAS AND MANDANES, heroines in the ultraromantic novels of Mlle. de Scudéry

Cов, to beat, pull by the ears or hair COBLE, RIGHT OF NET AND, the right to fish; coble, the fisherman's boat COGS, wooden vessels, pails COLBRAND THE DANE, a giant slain by the hero of the mediæval romance Guy of Warwick COLONEL CAUSTIC.



Henry Mackenzie's paper in The Mirror, No. 61 CONCUSSED, overawed forced by threats Coup, reward, return, stroke

COUPE - JARRET, a person

who hamstrings another COW YER CRACKS, cut short your talk, stop your boastings

CRAIG, the neck CRAMES, the booths, or stalls; the name given to the passage between the old Luckenbooths of the High Street of Edinburgh and St. Giles' Cathedral

CREAGH, an incursion for

plunder, termed on the Borders a raid CROUSE, bold, brisk, lively CUITTLE, to tickle

CYRUS, a long and sen

timental romance by Mlle. de Scudéry, published in 1650

DAFT, cracked, crazy, wild


DEAVING, deafening
DEBINDED, detained


devil, scapegrace, an unmanageable person DELIVER, nimble, agile DÉMÊLÉ, a quarrel, disagreement

DE RE VESTIARIA, on matters of clothing DERN, OF DARN, hidden or secret

DIAOUL, devil

DING, to beat, surpass,excel DINGLE, to vibrate, shake DINMONT, a wether (sheep) from the first to the second year DISASTER IN FLANDERS, the defeat of the English, Dutch, and Austrians at Fontenoy by the French, commanded by Marshal Saxe, on 11th May 1745 DIVA PECUNIA, the Goddess of Wealth

DOER, a steward, factor on an estate DOG-HEAD, the hammer of a gun lock DOIL'D, stupid DORLACH, portmanteau DOUGLAS, AUTHOR OF. John Home, at first a Scottish clergyman, afterwards private secretary to the Earl of Bute. See note 28, p. 478 DOVERING, dosing, half asleep Dow, a dove

DowFF, dull and heavy DUE DONZELETTE GARRULE, two prattling damsels DURK, or DIRK, a short dagger

EFFEIR, in fit, becoming state, fashion EH, MONSIEUR DE BRADWARDINE, AYEZ LA BONTÉ, etc. (p. 357), Come, M. de Bradwardine, be so good as to put yourself at the head of your regiment, for, by God, I can do no


ELD, old men, antiquity ELISOS OCULOS, etc. (p. 90), 'his starting eyes, his throat blood - drained,' said of the giant Cacus, the stealer of cattle, when in the grip of Hercules (En. viii. 261) EMETRIUS. Cf. Chaucer's Knight's Tale

EN MOUSQUETAIRE. The mousquetaire companies formed the very pick or pink of the dashing army of France, and looked upon themselves as irresistible EPULÆ AD SENATUM, etc. (p. 55), the banquets of the senators are called epule, the dinner of the populace prandium EPULÆ LAUTIORES, state banquets

ERGASTULO, the prison or house of detention on a feudal estate

ET SINGULA PRÆDANTUR ANNI, the years rob us of one thing after another ETTER-CAP, an ill-humoured person ÉVITE, escape EXEEMED, exempted

FEAL AND DIVOT, the right to cut turf

FENDY, clever at devising expedients, full of re


FIELL, field of battle
FIN MACOUL, the hero of

FLACCUS, the cognomen or nickname of Horace FLEE STICK I' THE WA', let bygones be bygones FLEMIT, driven away, put to flight

FLEX, FLAX, i.e. the cloth FLEYT AT, Scolded FOLLOWING, followers, retainers

FORIS-FAMILIATED, emancipated from parental authority FUNGARQUE INANI MUNERE, I have discharged an unavailing office

GABERLUNZIE, a professional or licensed beggar (blue-gown), who carried a wallet

GAMBADOES, gaiters, leggings

GARDEZ L'EAU, a cry to warn passers-by when water was thrown from the windows, the customary method of getting rid of dirty water in Edinburgh houses in those days GARRING, making, causing GATES, OTHER, in a different fashion, direction GAUDET EQUIS ET CANIBUS, fond of horses and dogs GAY, or GEY, very

GENERAL (drums beating the), the morning signal to prepare for the march GIGLET, a giddy, thoughtless girl

GILLFLIRT, a light-headed or sportive girl GILLIE WET-FOOT, a barefooted Highland lad. Gillie, in general, means a servant or attendant GIMMER, an ewe two years old

GINGE-BREAD, gingerbread GIRDLE, an iron frame on which girdle cakes are baked

GITE, or GIST, a resting-
place, lodging-place
GLED, a kite, falcon
GLEG ANEUCH,quick enough
GLISK, a glimpse, glance
GRANING, groaning
GRAT, Wept
GREYBEARD, a stone jar for
holding ale or liquor
GRICE, or GRIS, a pig
GRIPPLE, rapacious, grasp-

such), who get more than
repaid in kind
GROUNSILL, threshold
GULPINS, silly,
GUSTO, good taste


HACK, a cattle-rack HADDO'S HOLE, a chapel in St. Giles' Cathedral, so called because Sir John Gordon of Haddo was confined in it previous to his trial and execution (1644) for his pronounced hostility to the Scottish Estates

HÆ TIBI ERUNT ARTES, etc. (p. 474), These shall be your aims to impose good behaviour during peace, to spare the conquered, and to wage war upon such as are proud HAG, a felling of copsewood; a coppice HAGGIS, a Scotch pudding, consisting of minced meat, with oatmeal, beef-suet, onions, etc., boiled in a skin bag HALLAN, a wall screening the door inside a cottage, a partition wall HANTLE, much, a large quantity HARDYKNUTE, a ballad composed by Lady Wardlaw of Pitreavie in

Fifeshire, and published in 1719, which made a very strong impression upon Scott when a boy. 'It was,' he said, 'the first poem I ever learnt, the last I shall ever forget'

HARROW, an old cry for help, an exclamation of distress

HECK AND MANGER, AT, in great abundance, prodigally HERSHIP, plundering, devastation

HET GAD, a hot bar, rod HILDING, a sorry, cowardly fellow

HILL-FOLK, the Cameronians (a religious sect) HIRST, a shallow place in a river

HOULETTE, LA, ET LE CHALUMEAU, the shepherd's crook and pipe (flute) HOUND'S-FOOT TRICKS, rascally, villainous tricks HOWE O' THE MEARNS, the plain of Kincardineshire HUMANA PERPESSI SUMUS, we have endured the common lot of men HURDIES, buttocks, hips HURLEY HOUSE, a large

house in a bad condition, almost ruinous

HYLAX IN LIMINE LATRAT (Virg. Ecl. viii. 107), the dog Hylax at the threshold begins to bark

INFIELD, arable land on which manure is used INTROMIT, to interfere with


Indian ascetic and mendicant JONATHAN WILD, a thieftaker, who was himself hanged at Tyburn for housebreaking. See Fielding's novel Jonathan Wild

JOYS OF THE SHELL. A phrase borrowed from Ossian (Feast of Shells'), where the heroes drink from shells

KEMPLE, a heap, quantity of straw

KIPPAGE, UNCO, a terrible passion

KITTLE, to tickle; adj. ticklish KNOBBLER, a hart in its second year

KYLOES, Highland cattle

LAWING, an inn reckoning LEASING, a lie, calumniation, falsehood LEASING-MAKING, the uttering of seditious words LES COUSTUSMES DE NORMANDIE, etc. (p. 83), According to the customs of Normandy, it is the man who fights and who gives counsel LESLÆUS.

John Lesley, Bishop of Ross, the champion of Queen Mary, and author of a Latin history of the Scottish people


LETTERS FROM THE HIGHLANDS (1726). The book alluded to is Captain E. Burt's Letters from Gentleman in the North of Scotland to his Friend in London... begun in 1726 (1754) LETTERS OF SLAINS, letters acknowledging that the penalty (fine) for manslaughter has been paid LIBER PATER, Father

Dionysus or Bacchus LIE (pit and gallows;boots). The word 'lie' is thus used in some old Scottish legal documents to call attention to a word or phrase that follows immediately after in the vernacular

LIGHTLY, OF LICHTLIE, to undervalue, despise LIGONIER, COUNT, an English cavalry officer, of Huguenot descent, served under Marlborough and was captured by the French at the battle of Lawfeldt (1747)

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MAINS, the home-farm and farmstead, usually in the hands of the proprietor MAIST EWEST, almost contiguous

MAIST FECK, the greater part

MALVAISE, malmsey wine MARCHEZ DONC, etc. (pp. 356, 357), March then, for God's sake, for I have forgotten the English word; but you are fine fellows, and understand me well enough MARO, the cognomen or nickname of Virgil

MARR AND WILLIAMSON. A family named Marr were all assassinated at Ratcliffe Highway, London, on 8th December 1811. The Williamson family were murdered in the same locality on 19th December of the same year

MART, beef salted for winter

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GOGGLED, spoilt MISTER WIGHT, an oddity, queer fellow MON CŒUR VOLAGE, etc. (p. 61), My fickle heart, she said, is not for you, young man; it's for a soldier with a beard on his chin, Lon, Lon, Laridon. Who wears a plume in his hat, red heels to his shoes, who plays on the flute, also the violin. Lon, etc. MONK, a gruesome romance (1795) by Matthew (Monk') Lewis MONOMACHIA, a single combat


Robbers, of which Carl Moor is the hero MORE, a customary reply to a toast in some parts of Scotland; equivalent to 'Let's have it again' MORITUR, ET MORIENS, etc. (p. 430), he is dying, and in his death thinks upon his beloved Argos MORNING, an early dram MORT, a flourish of the bugle intimating the death of the game MOUSTED, or MUSTED, POWdered

MUNGO IN THE PADLOCK. A negro character in Isaac Bickerstaffe's musical comedy The Padlock, first produced at Drury Lane on 3d October 1768 MUTEMUS CLYPEOS, etc. (p. 59), Let us exchange shields and adapt the Greeks' insignia for ourselves

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O VOUS, QUI BUVEZ, etc. (p. 143), O ye who drink in full cups at this happy source, on whose margin there is nothing to see save some wretched flocks, followed by village nymphs, who barefoot drive them on before them OYER AND TERMINER, COMMISSION OF, a court of judges and assize, with assistant commissioners and a grand jury, appointed to inquire into, to hear (oyer) and determine (terminer), through a petty jury, all cases of treason, felony, and misdemeanour within the jurisdiction prescribed by the commission

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PENDICLES, a piece of ground let off a farm to another tenant PHRENESIAC, disordered in mind PIAFFED, strutted PINGLED, to be caused anxiety, care, labour PINNERS, a head-dress for women, with lappets pinned to the breast PIS-ALLER, last resource, makeshift

PIT. Female criminals were not hanged in Scotland in early days, but were drowned in a pit PLACK, a Scotch copper

coin, worth d of a penny English PLOUGH-SOCK, ploughshare PLOY, feast, sport, frolic,


POCULUM POTATORIUM, a drinking-cup


pottering, groping, rummaging PROCUL A PATRIE FINIBUS, at a great distance from his native country PRÔNER, to praise or extol in an extravagant manner PROSAPIA, a race, lineage PUER (OR RATHER JUVENIS), etc. (p. 74), a boy (or rather youth) of promise and of parts

QUE DIABLE, etc. (p. 345), What on earth was he doing in that galley at all? See Molière, Fourberies de Scapin


PELLEZ VISAGE, MONSIEUR? What is the word for visage, sir? QUINTAIN, RUNNING AT THE, tilting on foot at a square board

RECEPTO AMICO, after greeting or receiving a friend RECHEAT, in hunting, the signal of recall from the chase

RECTUS IN CURIA, acquitted by the court

REDDING, parting the combatants REFORMADOES,

or RE

FORMED OFFICERS, officers who were deprived of a command, though they retained their rank, and sometimes their pay REIF, robbery REISES, brushwood RELOCATION, renewal of a lease

RESILING, drawing back, withdrawing

RES VESTIARIA, clothing, dress

RIGGS, ploughed fields RINTHEREOUTS, vagabonds, vagrants

RISU SOLVUNTUR TABULE, the whole thing ended in a laugh


with all due and fitting ceremonies ROKELAY, a short cloak RORY DALL, or Roderick

Morison, was harper and bard to the family of Macleod of Macleod in Queen Anne's reign Row'D, rolled, wrapped RowT, cried out loud

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SAIN, to bless

SAIR CLOUR, a big bump,
wound, indentation
SALVATOR, i.e. the painter
Salvator Rosa
SARK, a shirt

centio Saviola was an
authority on the manage-
ment of weapons in the
duel, as laid down in a
book (Eng. trans.) en-
titled V. Saviolo, his
Practice (Lond. 1595)
SAY (of the deer), a sample,
SCHELLUM, a low, worth-
less fellow
The Pandours were irre-
gular Hungarian soldiers
who made their name
notorious. by their rapine
and cruelty in Bavaria
during the war of the
Austrian Succession
SCOUPING, running, leaping

SHEET, to copy manuscript for a farthing (properly d penny) a sheet SEANNACHIE, a Highland genealogist or bard SELMA. See Poems of Ossian, 'Songs of Selma' SERBONIAN BOG, a morass in Egypt, eastward of the Nile delta SERVABIT ODOREM TESTA DIU, the cask smacks for a long time of what it has contained SHANGS A BROGS, (put) shackles round the feet SHILPIT, weak, insipid SIDIER ROY, red soldiers, government troops SIKE, a brook, rill SKIG, nothing at all SLIVER, to slice, cut in long thin pieces

SMEARING-HOUSE, a hut in which sheep were smeared or salved, or rubbed with a liquid dressing

SMOKY, suspicious of a trick

SOPITE, to set at rest, settle, a Scots law term SORNAR, or SORNER, a sturdy beggar; one who

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man, a yeoman of Westmoreland

WHIN BITS O' SCARTED PAPER, a few pieces of scribbled paper WHINGEING, whining WHITE'S, a London club, in St. James's Street, noted for high play WHITSON-TRYST, a Border fair and merry-making, held on a hill two miles from Wooler in Northumberland

WILL WIMBLE, a personage in The Spectator WISKE, to make a quick stroke, brandish

WI' THE MALT ABUNE THE MEAL, half-seas over WUDE WILLIE GRIME, having, it is said, shot a trespasser on his land, was acquitted by the jury on the ground of madness

YATE, gate

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