Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to
the tempestuous sea of liberty. — Thomas Jefferson

Scotch Twins - Lucy F. Perkins




Glossary

Auldold
Aye (pron. i)yes
Aye (pron. a)ever, always
Bailiean officer of the law
Bairna child
BenSee But and ben
Besoma broom
Bidestay
Bittocka little bit
Blatherskitea babbling person, a good-for-nothing
Bletheringtalking nonsense
Bonnypretty, beautiful, charming
Brackenbrake, a species of tall fern
Brae (pron. bray)a hillside
Brawfine, handsome
Burna brook
But and benoutside and in. But the house means out of the house. But is also applied to the kitchen; going but is going from the best room to the kitchen, and going ben is going into the best room
Byrea cow-shed
Cannyshrewd
Chapa knock
Daftsilly, foolish
Danderingwandering
Dawtiedarling, pet
Dinnado not
Dodan exclamation
Doubtsuspect
Dykea low fence or wall of turf or stone
Fashdisturb
Finefinely, well
Geyvery
Gin if
Girdlea griddle
Glengarry bonneta small cap without visor
Greetweep
Guddlingcatching fish with the hands
Havers nonsense (an exclamation)
Isnais not
Keeka peep
Kenknow
Kilmarnock bonneta tam-o'-shanter
Kirkchurch
Biroa churn
Kista chest
Lairda lord, a landed proprietor
Laverockthe lark
Limmera mischievous person
Loshan exclamation
Loupto leap
Lugear
Mealy puddinga Scotch dish made of oatmeal and suet, in form something like a sausage
Michtymighty, large, powerful
Michty mean exclamation
Nano, not
Pawkysly
Pewitthe lapwing, a species of plover
Plaidiediminutive of plaid. Each clan had its own especial pattern which was worn by all members
Redding upputting in order
Salan exclamation
Sconea flat cake, unsweetened, baked on a griddle
kirla shrill sound, especially that characteristic of the bagpipes
Slippit awa'slipped away, died
Sousieagreeable, attractive, comely, pleasant
Spierask
Syncafterward, since
Tarna small mountain lake
Tattiespotatoes
Tida pet name for a child
Tirley-wirleya disturbance
Wasnawas not
Wee bit hoosielittle house
Whaupthe curlew, a large bird of the Sandpiper Family
Wifiean endearing term for a woman