Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character eBook

Edward Bannerman Ramsay
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[19] Distinguished examples of these are to be found in the Old Greyfriars’ Church, Edinburgh, and in the Cathedral of Glasgow; to say nothing of the beautiful specimens in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh.

[20] “This was a square enclosure in the Greyfriars’ Churchyard, guarded on one side by a veteran angel without a nose, and having only one wing, who had the merit of having maintained his post for a century, while his comrade cherub, who had stood sentinel on the corresponding pedestal, lay a broken trunk, among the hemlock, burdock, and nettles, which grew in gigantic luxuriance around the walls of the mausoleum.”

[21] A Shetland pony.

[22] The Lord’s Supper.

[23] Bullock.

[24] Perhaps.

[25] Carefully selected.

[26] I recollect an old Scottish gentleman, who shared this horror, asking very gravely, “Were not swine forbidden under the law, and cursed under the gospel?”

[27] Lie in a grovelling attitude.  See Jamieson.

[28] So pronounced in Aberdeen.

[29] Implying that there was a James Third of England, Eighth of Scotland.

[30] Old Scotch for “drink hard”.

[31] A friend learned in Scottish history suggests an ingenious remark, that this might mean more than a mere full drinker.  To drink “fair,” used to imply that the person drank in the same proportion as the company; to drink more would be unmannerly; to drink less might imply some unfair motive.  Either interpretation shows the importance attached to drinking and all that concerned it.

[32] In Burt’s Letters from the North of Scotland, written about 1730, similar scenes are related as occurring in Culloden House:  as the company were disabled by drink, two servants in waiting took up the invalids with short poles in their chairs as they sat (if not fallen down), and carried them off to their beds.

[33] Lord Cockburn’s Memorials of his Time, p. 37, et seq.

[34] May we never be cast down by adversity, or unduly elevated by prosperity.

[35] A toast at parting or breaking up of the party.

[36] Loving

[37] Plenty

[38] Toast for agricultural dinners

[39] Ghastly.

[40] The scene is described and place mentioned in Dr. Strang’s account of Glasgow Clubs, p. 104, 2d edit.

[41] Swept.



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