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Abbey, the sanctuary for debtors at Holyrood Abbey.
Ail, to prevent.
Asper, a Turkish coin of small value.
"Athole brose," honey mixed with whisky, used in the Highlands sometimes as a luxury, sometimes as a specific for a cold.
Bairn, a child.
Barmy-brained, giddy, feather-brained.
Baron-bailie, a kind of magistrate, the baron's deputy in a burgh of barony.
Basket-beagles, beagles that chased a hare slipped from a basket.
Bawbee, a halfpenny.
Bedral, a sexton.
Begum, an Indian princess, or lady of high rank.
Blawort, a bluebottle.
Bodle, a small copper coin.
"Bow Street runners," London detectives.
Briquet, a steel with which to strike a light.
Brose, oatmeal over which boiling water has been poured.
Browst, a brewing, as much as is brewed at one time.
Bruick, a kind of boil.
"By ordinar," out of the common run.
Cadi, a judge.
Callant, a lad.
Cantrip, a piece of mischief.
Capernoity, crabbed, irritable.
Carline, a witch.
Clachan, a hamlet.
Cleugh, a rugged ascent.
Corbie, a raven. "Corbie messenger," a messenger who either returns not at all, or too late.
Cull, a fool.
Deil, the devil.
Diddled, beaten, got the better of.
Dorts, in a sullen humour.
Douce, quiet, sensible.
Dub-skelper--used contemptuously for a rambling fellow, an idle vagabond.
Dwam, a stupor.
Encognure, a corner table.
Faughta, a sort of pigeon sacred amongst the Hindoos.
Feir, with good countenance.
Feuar, one who holds lands in feu--i.e., on lease.
Fule, a fool.
"Fusionless skink," tasteless stuff.
Gae, go; gaen, gone.
Gait, gate, way, direction.
Galopin, a scullion or errand-boy.
Gar, to force, to make. "Gars me grue," gives me the creeps.
"Gentlemen of the fancy," prize-fighters.
Girn, to grin.
Glenlivat, a celebrated whisky distillery.
Gowk, a fool.
Grue, to shiver. The flesh is said to grue when a chilly sensation passes over the surface of the body.
Gude, good. Gudewife, a landlady.
Gusing-iron, a smoothing iron.
Hail, haill, whole.
"Hale and feir," right and proper.
Heritors, the landowners and proprietors of the parish.
Hinny, a term of endearment = honey.
Hollah. See Faughta.
Hoose, a house.
Hough, the thigh.
Imaum, a Mohammedan ecclesiastic of high rank.
I'se, I shall.
Jaud, a jade.
Joseph, a riding-coat with buttons down the skirts.
Ken, to know.
"Lang syne," long ago.
Limmer, a worthless creature.
Maravedi, an old Spanish coin of small value.
Mickle, muckle, much.
Mundungus, vile, ill-smelling tobacco.
Nae, no, not
Neevie-neevie-nick-nack, a game with marbles, similar to "odd or even."
"On the pad," on the tramp.
Pickle, a little, a small quantity.
Pliskie, a trick.
Plottie, mulled wine.
Pococurante, one who affects indifference.
Pownie, a pony.
Raff, a worthless fellow, a nobody.
Remora, an obstacle, hindrance.
Roof-tree, the beam that supports the roof.
Scrog, a stunted bush or scrub.
"Sgherro insigne," notorious cut-throat.
Shieling, a hut.
Shouther, the shoulder.
Shroff, a Parsee or Indian merchant.
Slaister, a mess.
Snooded, bound up with a snood or fillet for the hair.
Soop, to sweep.
Sorting, a correction with the hand or the tongue.
"Sossings and soopings," made-up soups and messes.
Souvenir, a lady's reticule or hand-bag.
Speer, to inquire.
Swarf, to swoon.
Syllabub, a curd made of wine or cider with milk or cream.
Taupie, tawpie, an awkward girl, a tomboy.
Tinkler, a tinker.
Titupping, lively, full of spirit.
Tozie, a shawl of goat's wool.
Troke, to traffic, do business with in a small way.
Turbinacious, peaty, turfy.
"Ullah kerim!" God is merciful.
Ultroneous, uncalled for, unusual.
Umquhile, the late.
Unco, very, particular, uncommon.
Wae, woful, sad.
Wee, small, little.
Wheen, a few.
Windlestrae, a small bundle of straw.
Wunna, will not.
Yestreen, last night.
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