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second year

BRISSEL-COCK, a turkey.


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, no

torious vagabonds, and men excluded from their clans on account of their crimes-all lawless char

acters BROO', broth BRUCKLE, disordered, un

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


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 forni.

cation CALIPH VATHEK. Cf. Beck

ford's Arabian story Va

thek (1784) CALLANT, a lad, stripling CANNY, cautious; lucky,

fortunate CANTER, a professional beg

gar, who cants and whines CANTRIP, a trick CARANZA. Jeromino de Car

ranza, 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, pub


Ghibelline soldier-statesman who in the first half of the 14th century made Lucca one of the principal

states in Italy
CATERAN, a Highland må-

CEAN-KINNÉ, chieftain
CESS-MONEY, the land-tax

Vin des deux oreilles is

poor or bad wine, be- DANS SON TORT, in the
cause (it is said) it makes wrong
the person tasting of it DEAVING, deafening
shake his head, and so DEBINDED, detained
both ears. The context, DEEVIL'S BUCKIE,

however, requires Vin devil, scapegrace, an un-
d'une oreille, that is, manageable person
good wine, so called be- DELIVER, nimble, agile
cause it leads the taster DÉMÊLÉ, a quarrel, dis-
to incline his head medi- agreement
tatively to one side (ear) DE RE VESTIARIA, on mat-

ters of clothing CHAP, a bargain; a cus- DERN, or DARN, hidden or tomer


Diaoul, devil summons of the royal Dixo, to beat, surpass,excel executive to a person to DINGLE, to vibrate, shake pay his just debt, under DINMONT, a wether (sheep) penalty of being put to from the first to the the horn, or proclaimed a rebel to the sound of DISASTER IN FLANDERS, the the horn

defeat of the English, CLACHAN, a hamlet

Dutch, and Austrians at CLAMHEWIT, a stroke

Fontenoy by the French, CLELIAS AND MANDANES, commanded by Marshal

heroines in the ultra- Saxe, on 11th May 1745 romantic novels of Mlle. Diva PECUNIA, the Goddess de Scudéry

of Wealth COB, to beat, pull by the Doer, a steward, factor on ears or hair

an estate COBLE, RIGHT OF NET AND, DOG-HEAD, the hammer of the right to fish; coble,

a gun lock the fisherman's boat DOIL'D, stupid Cogs, wooden vessels, pails DORLACH, portmanteau COLBRAND THE DANE, a DOUGLAS, AUTHOR OF. John

giant slain by the hero Home, at first a Scottish of the mediaval romance clergyman, afterwards Guy of Warwick

private secretary to the COLONEL CAUSTIC. See Earl of Bute. See note Henry Mackenzie's paper

28, p. 478 in The Mirror, No. 61 DOVERING, dosing, half CONCUSSED, overawed or asleep forced by threats

Dow, a dove Coup, reward, return, DowFF, dull and heavy stroke

DUE DONZELETTE GARRULE, COUPE - JARRET, a person two prattling damsels

who hamstrings another DURK, or DIRK, a short Cow YER CRACKS, cut short dagger

your talk, stop your

EFFEIR, in fit, becoming
CRAIG, the neck

state, fashion CRAMES, the booths, or EH, MONSIEUR DE BRAD

stalls; the name given WARDINE, AYEZ LA BONTÉ, to the passage between etc. (p. 357), Come, M. de the old Luckenbooths of Bradwardine, be so good the High Street of Edin- as to put yourself at the burgh and St. Giles' head of your regiment, Cathedral

for, by God, I can do no CREAGH, an incursion for inore

plunder, termed on the ELD, old men, antiquity Borders a raid

ELISOS OCULOS, etc. (p. 90), CROUSE, bold, brisk, lively his starting eyes, his CUITTLE, to tickle

throat blood - drained,' CYRUS, a long and sen- said of the giant Cacus,

timental roinance by the stealer of cattle, when Mlle. de Scudéry, pub- in the grip of Hercules lished in 1650

(Æn. viii. 261)

EMETRIUS. Cf. Chaucer's DAFT, cracked, crazy, wild Knight's Tale


mousquetaire companies formed the very pick or pink of the dashing army of France, and looked upon themselves as ir

resistible EPULÆ AD SENATUM, etc. (p. 55), the banquets of the senators are called epulce, the dinner of the

populace prandium EPULÆ LAUTIORES, state

banquets ERGASTULO, the prison or

house of detention on a


ANNI, the years rob us of

one thing after another ETTER-CAP,an ill-humoured

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

bygones be bygones Flemit, driven away, put

to flight
FLEX, FLAX, i.e. the cloth
FLEYT AT, scolded
FOLLOWING, followers, re-


pated from parental au


I have discharged an

unavailing office GABERLUNZIE, a profes.

sional or licensed beggar (blue-gown), who carried

a wallet GAMBADOES, gaiters, leg

gings 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,

GENERAL (drums beating Fifeshire, and published

the), the morning signal in 1719, which made a to prepare for the march

very strong impression Giglet, a giddy, thought- upon Scott when a boy. less girl

'It was,' he said, 'the GIllFlirt, a light-headed first poem I ever learnt, or sportive giri

the last I shall ever GILLIE WET-FOOT, a bare- forget'

footed Highland lad. HARROW, an old cry for Gillie, in general, means help, an exclamation of a servant or attendant

distress GIMMER, an ewe two years


great abundance, prodi.
GINGE-BREAD, gingerbread gally
GIRDLE, an iron frame on HERSHIP, plundering, de-

which girdle cakes are vastation

HET GAD, a hot bar, rod GITE, or Gist, a resting- Hilding, a sorry, cowardly place, lodging-place

fellow GLED, a kite, falcon

HILL-FOLK, the CameronGLEG ANEUCH,quick enough ians (a religious sect) Glisk, a glimpse, glance Hirst, a shallow place in a GRANING, groaning

river GRAT, wept

HOULETTE, LA, ET LE CHALUGREYBEARD, a stone jar for MEAU, the shepherd's

holding ale or liquor crook' and pipe (flute) GRICE, or GRIS, a pig HOUND'S-FOOT TRICKS, rasGRIPPLE, rapacious, grasp- cally, villainous tricks ing

Howe o' THE MEARNS, the GROATS IN KAIL (who get plain of Kincardineshire

such), who get more than HUMANA PERPESSI SUMUS, repaid in kind

we have endured the GROUNSILL, threshold

common lot of men GULPINS, silly, gullible HURDIES, buttocks, hips fellows

HURLEY - HOUSE, a large Gusto, good taste

house in a bad condition,

almost ruinous Hack, a cattle-rack

Haddo's Hole, a chapel in (Virg. Ecl. viii. 107), the

St. Giles' Cathedral, so dog Hylax at the thres-
called because Sir John hold begins to bark
Gordon of Haddo was
confined in it previous | INFIELD, arable land on
to his trial and execution which manure is used
(1644) for his pronounced INTROMIT, to interfere with
hostility to the Scottish

Jogue, Jogi, or Yogi, an HE TIBI ERUNT ARTES, etc. Indian asceticand mendi(p. 474), These shall be

cant your aims – to impose JONATHAN Wild, a thiefgood behaviour during taker, who was himself peace, to spare the con- hanged at Tyburn for quered, and to wage war housebreaking See

upon such as are proud Fielding's novel Jonathan Hag, a felling of copse

Wild wood ; a coppice

Joys OF THE SHELL. A Haggis, a Scotch pudding, phrase borrowed from

consisting of minced Ossian ('Feast of Shells '), meat, with oat - meal

where the heroes drink beef - suet, onions, etc., from shells

boiled in a skin bag HALLAN, a wall screening KEMPLE, a heap, quantity the door inside a cottage,

of straw a partition wall

KIPPAGE, UNCO, a terrible HANTLE, much, a large passion quantity

KITTLE, to tickle; adj. HARDYKNUTE, ballad ticklish

fond of horses and dogs Gay, or GEY, very

composed by Lady KNOBBLER, a hart in its Wardlaw of Pitreavie in second year


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, pow


A negro character in
Isaac Bickerstaffe's
musical comedy The
Padlock, first produced
at Drury Lane on 3d

October 1768

59), Let us exchange
shields and adapt the
Greeks' insignia for our


KYLOES, Highland cattle | Mains, the home-farm and

farmstead, usually in the LAWING, an inn reckoning hands of the proprietor LEASING, a lie, calumnia- MAIST EWEST, almost contion, falsehood

tiguous LEASING-MAKING, the utter- MAIST FECK, the greater

ing of seditious words part LES COUSTUSMES DE NOR- MALVAISE, malmsey wine

MANDIE, etc. (p. 83), Ac- MARCHEZ DONC, etc. (pp. cording to the custoins of 356, 357), March then, Normandy, is the man for God's sake, for I have who fights and who gives forgotten the English counsel

word; but you are fine LESLÆUS. John Lesley, fellows, and understand

Bishop of Ross, the me well enough champion of Queen Mary, MARO, the cognomen or and author of a Latin nickname of Virgil history of the Scottish MARR AND WILLIAMSON. people

A family named Marr LETTERS FROM THE HIGH- were all assassinated at

LANDS (1726). The book Ratcliffe Highway, Lonalluded to is Captain E. don, on 8th December Burt's Letters from

1811. The Williamson Gentleman in the North family were murdered in of Scotland to his Friend the same locality on 19th in London ... begun in December of the same 1726 (1754)

year LETTERS OF SLAINS, letters MART, beef salted for winter acknowledging that the use penalty (fine) for man- Mask (tea), to infuse, make slaughter has been paid MEAL-ARK, the meal chest LIBER PATER, Father MEMNONIA LEX; probably

Dionysus or Bacchus LEX MEMMIA. Cf. Cicero,
LIE ( pit and gallows ;- Pro Sext. Roscio Amerino,

boots). The word 'lie' chap. 20
is thus used in some old MERRY DEVIL OF EDMON.
Scottish legal documents TON, a popular comedy of
to call attention to a word the 17th century; author
or phrase that follows not known
immediately after in the MERSEMAN, a

native of vernacular

Merse or Berwickshire. LIGHTLY, or LICHTLIE, to Presumably Alick was a undervalue, despise

native of the village of LIGONIER, Count, an Eng- Coudingham or Colding

lish cavalry officer, of ham in that county
Huguenot descent, served MIDDEN AND MIDDEN-HOLE,
under Marlborough and a dunghill
was captured by the MISGUGGLED, or
French at the battle of GOGGLED, blundered,
Lawfeldt (1747)

LIMMER, a worthless per- MISTER WIGHT, an oddity,
son, male or female

queer fellow LINDOR, the literary type MON CEUR VOLAGE, etc. (p.

of the amorous Spaniard, 61), My fickle heart, she with his guitar,serenades, said, is not for you, young and sighings at the win- man; it's for a soldier dow of his innamorata. with a beard on his chin,

Cf. The Barber of Seville Lon, Lon, Laridon. Who Loon, a term of contempt wears a plume in his hat,

or scorn, meaning 'fellow red heels to his shoes, LUCKENBOOTHS, a block of who plays on the flute,

houses and shops in the also the violin. Lon, etc.
High Street of Edinburgh Monk, a gruesome romance
alongside of St. Giles' (1795) by Matthew
Cathedral, removed in Monk ') Lewis

a sort of belt round the MOOR IN THE FOREST OF
loins or waist

BoHEMIA. Cf. Schiller's

Naso, the cognomen or


these utterly worthless

scoundrels Nolt, or NOWT, black

cattle, oxen NORTH LOCH, a lake or

morass that occupied the hollow of Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. It

was drained in 1820 YUNCUPATIVE, oral ; an

oral will hold good if made before the proper witnesses


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let of grass conferred by the ancient Romans upon a soldier who raised a siege, or successfully

maintained one OLD PALACE YARD, at

Westminster, in which

the pillory stood ORGOGLIO. See Spenser's

Faërie Queene, Book I.

Canto viii.
ORRA-TIME, occasionally
OUTFIELD, land which,

though not manured, is
cropped year after year

until exhausted OUTRECUIDANCE, over

weening pride or pre


PLENISHING, goods that belong to the outside and


the inside of the house | POTTINGAR, a cook

ROYNISH, or ROINISH, respectively

POWTERING, pottering, mean, paltry O vous, QUI BUVEZ, etc. (p. groping, rummaging RUDAS LOON, à rude, bold

143), O ye who drink in PROCUL A PATRIÆ FINIBUS, fellow full cups at this happy at a great distance from RUNT, an old cow source, on whose margin his native country there is nothing to see PRÔNER, to praise or extol Sain, to bless save some wretched in an extravagant manner SAIR CLOUR, a big bump, flocks, followed by village PROSAPIA, a race, lineage wound, indentation nymphs, who barefoot PUER(OR RATHER JUVENIS), SALVATOR, i.e. the painter drive them on before etc. (p. 74), a boy (or Salvator Rosa them

rather youth) of promise SARK, a shirt OYER AND TERMINER, COM

and of parts


centio Saviola was an judges and assize, with assistant commissioners QUE DIABLE, etc. (p. 345),

authority on the manageand a grand jury, apWhat on earth was he do

ment of weapons in the

duel, as laid down in a pointed to inquire into, ing in that galley at all?

book (Eng. trans.) ento hear (oyer) and deter

See Molière,
Fourberies de

mine (terminer), through

V. Saviolo, his

Practice (Lond. 1595) a petty jury, all cases of QU'EST CE QUE VOUS AP

SAY (of the deer), a sample,

PELLEZ VISAGE, Mon. treason, felony, and mis

taste SIEUR? What is the word demeanour within the

SCHELLUM, a low, worthjurisdiction prescribed for visage, sir?

less fellow by the commission QUINTAIN, RUNNING AT THE,

SCHMIRSCHITZ'S PANDOURS. tilting on foot at a square

The Pandours were irre.

board PA', paw; presumably for

gular Hungarian soldiers sword

who made their name PAITRICK, a partridge RECEPTO AMICO, after greet- notorious by their rapine PALINODE, in Scots law, a ing or receiving a friend and cruelty in Bavaria

solemn recantation or RECHEAT, in hunting, the during the war of the withdrawal

signal of recall from the Austrian Succession PANGED, crammed, filled chase

SCOUPING, running, leaping PARMI LES AVEUGLES, etc. RECTUS IN CURIA, acquitted SCROLL FOR A PLACK THE (p. 351), a one-eyed man is by the court

SHEET, to copy manua king amongst the blind REDDING, parting the com. script for a farthing PARTRIDGE, THE SAPIENT, batants

(properly fd penny) a servant to Tom Jones in REFORMADOES, or RE

sheet Fielding's novel of that FORMED OFFICERS, officers SEANNACHIE, a Highland name

who were deprived of a genealogist or bard PAWNIES, peacocks

command, though they



Poems of PECULIUM, private property retained their rank, and Ossian, Songs of Selma PEEL-HOUSE, fortified sometimes their pay SERBONIAN BOG, a morass tower REIF, robbery

in Egypt, eastward of the PENDICLES, a piece of REISES, brushwood

Nile delta ground let off a farm to RELOCATION, renewal of a SERVABIT ODOREM TESTA another tenant lease

DIU, the cask smacks for PARENESIAC, disordered in RESILING, drawing back, a long time of what it has mind withdrawing

contained PIAFFED, strutted

RES VESTIARIA, clothing, SHANGS A BROGS, (put) PINGLED, to be caused dress

shackles round the feet anxiety, care, labour Riggs, ploughed fields SHILPIT, weak, insipid PINNERS, a head-dress for RINTHEREOUTS, vagabonds, SIDIER ROY, red soldiers, women, with lappets vagrants

government troops pinned to the breast RISU SOLVUNTUR TABULÆ, SIKE, a brook, rill PiS-ALLER, last resource, the whole thing ended in SKIG, nothing at all makeshift

a laugh

SLIVER, to slice, cut in long Pır. Female criminals RITE ET SOLENNITER ACTA thin pieces

were not hanged in Scot- ET PERACTA, performed SMEARING-HOUSE, a hut in land in early days, but with all due and fitting which sheep were were drowned in a pit ceremonies

smeared or salved, or PLACK, a Scotch copper ROKELAY, a short cloak rubbed with a liquid

coin, worth d of a penny Rori DALL, or Roderick dressing English

Morison, was harper and Smoky, suspicious of a PLOUGH-SOCK, ploughshare bard to the family of

trick Ploy, feast, sport, frolic, Macleod of Macleod in SOPITE, to set at rest, entertainment Queen Anne's reign

settle, a Scots law term POCULUM POTATORIUM, a Row'd, rolled, wrapped SORNAR, or SORNER, a drinking-cup Rowr, cried out loud

sturdy beggar; one who a tune species of entail TAISHATR, a Highland seer,


exacts lodgings and TEIRCELETS, male falcons

victuals almost by force TENTAMINA, first attempts SORTED, agreed, put in THOLE, to endure, bear,

proper order or condi- suffer tion

THRAW, a twist, a wrench SOWENS, a kind of gruel THREEPIT, asserted with

made from the soured energy
siftings of oatmeal

SPEIRINGS, information ing showy action (of a
SPRACK, lively, animated horse)
SPRECHERY, insignificant TIGHEARNA, the lord, chief-

movables, supposed to tain
have been collected in a TIRRIVIES, fits of passion

TOCHERLESS, portionless,
SPULZIE, or SPULYIE, spoil, dowerless

ТоY, а сар
SPUNG'D, picked. Spung= TRACASSERIE, cavilling,

to pick a man's pocket shufiling, double-dealing STAGSHAWBANK, à Border TRASHED, held back by a

fair and merry-making leash or collar; to abuse STIEVE, inflexible, obstin- TRINDLING, trundling, trotate

ting STIRK, a steer, young bul. TRIP TO THE JUBILEE ; or, lock

THE CONSTANT COUPLE, STOOR CARLE, a strong, a comedy by G. Farquhar, robust fellow

written in 1699
Stot, a bullock or ox three TUILZIE, a skirmish, fight
years old

TUME, empty
STOUP, or STOOP, a support
STOUTREIF, theft by vio-

UDOLPHO, Mrs. Radcliffe's
STREEK DOON, to stretch

romance of 1794 oneself


Mackenzie's papers in See Crabbe's Borough

The Lounger (1810), Letter vi.

UMWHILE, or UMQUHILE, SYBOES, young onions

late, deceased

UNSONSY, unlucky TAIGLIT, fatigued, tired

UPSEY-FREES (i.e. a kind of Taillie, a covenant,

strong ale). The name of

VENY, for venue, a bout,

round VINUM LOCUTUM EST, it was

the wine that spoke VINUM PRIMÆ NOTÆ, wine

of the best brand VITA ADHUC DURANTE, all

his previous life up to

this day VIVERS, victuals, provi

sions VIX EA NOSTRA Voco, these

things are scarce for us WADSET, the deed alienat

ing property to a creditor WANCHANCY, unlucky, dan

gerous WEISING, guiding, direct

ing, inclining WELLAWAY, an old cry for

help, an exclamation of


man, a yeoman of West


PAPER, a few pieces

scribbled paper WHINGEING, whining White's, a London club,

in St. James's Street,

noted for high play WHITSON-TRYST, à Border

fair and merry-making, held on a hill two miles from Wooler in North

umberland WILL WIMBLE, a personage

in The Spectator WISKE, to make a quick

a man gifted with second- VAISELLE, or VAISSELLE, sight

dishes and plates TASKER, a thresher of VALOMBROSA, meaning the grain, a reaper

Valley of Leafy Shade, TAYOUT, a corruption of was a celebrated monas

Tailliers- hors, equivalent tery in a wild region not to tally ho

far from Florence in Teil, or DEIL, devil

Italy. Comp. Milton's TEINDS, tithes

Paradise Lost, Book I.

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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