The Weir of Hermiston, by Robert Louis Stevenson


Ae, one.
Antinomian, one of a sect which holds that under the gospel dispensation the moral law is not obligatory.
Auld Hornie, the Devil.

Ballant, ballad.
Bauchles, brogues, old shoes.
Bauld, bold.
Bees in their bonnet, eccentricities.
Birling, whirling. Black-a-vised, dark-complexioned. Bonnet-laird, small landed proprietor, yeoman.
Bool, ball. Brae, rising ground.
Brig, bridge.
Buff, play buff on, to make a fool of, to deceive.
Burn, stream.
Butt end, end of a cottage. Byre, cow-house.

Ca’, drive.
Caller, fresh.
Canna, cannot.
Canny, careful, shrewd.
Cantie, cheerful.
Carline, old woman.
Cauld, cold.
Chalmer, chamber.
Claes, clothes.
Clamjamfry, crowd.
Clavers, idle talk. Cock-laird.
See Bonnet-laird.
Collieshangie, turmoil. Crack, to converse.
Cuist, cast.
Cuddy, donkey.
Cutty, jade, also used playfully = brat.

Daft, mad, frolicsome.
Dander, to saunter.
Danders, cinders. Daurna, dare not.
Deave, to deafen.
Denty, dainty.
Dirdum, vigour. Disjaskit, worn out, disreputable-looking.
Doer, law agent. Dour, hard.
Drumlie, dark.
Dunting, knocking.
Dwaibly, infirm, rickety.
Dule-tree, the tree of lamentation, the hanging-tree.

Earrand, errand.
Ettercap, vixen.

Fechting, fighting.
Feck, quantity, portion.
Feckless, feeble, powerless.
Fell, strong and fiery.
Fey, unlike yourself, strange, as if urged on by fate, or as persons are observed to be in the hour of approaching death or disaster.
Fit, foot.
Flit, to depart. Flyped, turned up, turned in-side out.
Forbye, in addition to.
Forgather, to fall in with.
Fower, four.
Fushionless, pithless, weak.
Fyle, to soil, to defile.
Fylement, obloquy, defilement.

Gaed, Went.
Gang, to go.
Gey an’, very.
Gigot, leg of mutton.
Girzie, lit.
diminutive of Grizel, here a playful nickname. Glaur, mud.
Glint, glance, sparkle.
Gloaming, twilight.
Glower, to scowl.
Gobbets, small lumps.
Gowden, golden.
Gowsty, gusty.
Grat, wept.
Grieve, land-steward.
Guddle, to catch fish with the hands by groping under the stones or banks.
Gumption, common sense, judgment.
Guid, good.
Gurley, stormy, surly.
Gyte, beside itself.

Hae, have, take.
Haddit, held.
Hale, whole. Heels-ower-hurdie, heels over head.
Hinney, honey. Hirstle, to bustle.
Hizzie, wench.
Howe, hollow.
Howl, hovel. Hunkered, crouched.
Hypothec, lit.
in Scots law the furnishings of a house, and formerly the produce and stock of a farm hypothecated by law to the landlord as security for rent; colloquially “the whole structure,” “the whole concern.”

Idleset, idleness.
Infeftment, a term in Scots law originally synonymous with investiture.

Jaud, jade.
Jeely-piece, a slice of bread and jelly. Jennipers, juniper.

Jo, sweetheart.
Justifeed, executed, made the victim of justice. Jyle, jail

Kebbuck, cheese.
Ken, to know.
Kenspeckle, conspicuous.
Kilted, tucked up.
Kyte, belly.

Laigh, low.
Laird, landed proprietor.
Lane, alone.
Lave, rest, remainder.
Linking, tripping.
Lown, lonely, still.
Lynn, cataract. Lyon King of Arms, the chief of the Court of Heraldry in Scotland.

Macers, offiers of the supreme court.
Guy Mannering, last chapter.] Maun, must.
Menseful, of good manners.
Mirk, dark. Misbegowk, deception, disappointment.
Mools, mould, earth.
Muckle, much, great, big.
My lane, by myself.

Nowt, black cattle.

Palmering, walking infirmly.
Panel, in Scots law, the accused person in a criminal action, the prisoner.
Peel, fortified watch-tower.
Plew-stilts, plough-handles.
Policy, ornamental grounds of a country mansion.
Puddock, frog.

Quean, wench.

Rair, to roar.
Riff-raff, rabble.
Risping, grating.
Rout, rowt, to roar, to rant.
Rowth, abundance.
Rudas, haggard old woman. Runt, an old cow past breeding; opprobriously, an old woman.

Sab, sob.
Sanguishes, sandwiches.
Sasine, in Scots law, the act of giving legal possession of feudal property, or, colloquially, the deed by which that possession is proved.
Sclamber, to scramble. Sculduddery, impropriety, grossness.
Session, the Court of Session, the supreme court of Scotland.
Shauchling, shuffling, slipshod. Shoo, to chase gently.
Siller, money.
Sinsyne, since then. Skailing, dispersing.
Skelp, slap.
Skirling, screaming. Skriegh-o’day, daybreak.
Snash, abuse.
Sneisty, supercilious.
Sooth, to hum.
Sough, sound, murmur.
Spec, The Speculative Society, a debating Society connected with Edingburgh University.
Speir, to ask.
Speldering, sprawling.
Splairge, to splash.
Spunk, spirit, fire.
Steik, to shut.
Stockfish, hard, savourless.
Suger-bool, suger-plum.
Syne, since, then.

Tawpie, a slow foolish slut, also used playfully = monkey. Telling you, a good thing for you.
Thir, these.
Thrawn, cross-grained.
Toon, town.
Two-names, local soubriquets in addition to patronymic.
Tyke, dog.

Unchancy, unlucky.
Unco, strange, extraordinary, very.
Upsitten, impertinent.

Vennel, alley, lane.
The Vennel, a narrow lane in Edingburgh, running out of the Grassmarket.
Vivers, victuals.

Wae, sad, unhappy.
Waling, choosing.
Warrandise, warranty.
Waur, worse.
Weird, destiny.
Whammle, to upset.
Whaup, curlew.
Whiles, sometimes.
Windlestae, crested dog’s-tail, grass.
Wund, wind.

Yin, one.

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