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Edward Bannerman Ramsay
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 430 pages of information about Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character.

Edinburgh Street Cry:—­“Neeps like sucker.  Whae’ll buy neeps?” (turnips).

Petticoat-tails Cakes of triangular shapes " Petits gatelles
Ashet Meat-dish " Assiette. 
Fashious Troublesome " Facheux. 
Prush, Madame[190] Call to a cow to come " Approchez,
                     forward Madame

I dwell the more minutely on this question of Scottish words, from the conviction of their being so characteristic of Scottish humour, and being so distinctive a feature of the older Scottish race.  Take away our Scottish phraseology, and we lose what is our specific distinction from England.  In these expressions, too, there is often a tenderness and beauty as remarkable as the wit and humour.  I have already spoken of the phrase “Auld-lang-syne,” and of other expressions of sentiment, which may be compared in their Anglican and Scotch form.


[160] After all, the remark may not have been so absurd then as it appears now.  Burns had not been long dead, nor was he then so noted a character as he is now.  The Scotsmen might really have supposed a Southerner unacquainted with the fact of the poet’s death.

[161] Choice.

[162] A vessel.

[163] Juice.

[164] Broth.

[165] Rev. A.K.H.  Boyd.

[166] I believe the lady was Mrs. Murray Keith of Ravelston, with whom Sir Walter had in early life much intercourse.

[167] Disputing or bandying words backwards and forwards.

[168] In Scotland the remains of the deceased person is called the “corp.”

[169] Laudanum and calomel.

[170] Read from the same book.

[171] Sorely kept under by the turkey-cock.

[172] Close the doors.  The old woman was lying in a “box-bed.”  See Life of Robert Chambers, p. 12.

[173] Empty pocket.

[174] A cough.

[175] Shrivelled.

[176] Confound.

[177] Empty.

[178] It was of this minister, Mr. Thom of Govan, that Sir Walter Scott remarked “that he had demolished all his own chances of a Glasgow benefice, by preaching before the town council from a text in Hosea, ‘Ephraim’s drink is sour.’”

[179] Empty.

[180] Basket for fish.

[181] Well advanced.

[182] Wearied.

[183] I have abundant evidence to prove that a similar answer to that which Dr. Alexander records to have been made to Mr. Gillespie has been given on similar occasions by others.

[184] Oats heavy in bulk.

[185] This Marquis of Lothian was aide-de-camp to the Duke of Cumberland at the battle of Culloden, who sullied his character as a soldier and a nobleman by the cruelties which he exercised on the vanquished.

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