Scottish terms

All of these are Scottish words used in the book and their meanings:

  • thrawn – stubborn, obstinate
  • bothy - hut
  • The Rowan Tree – a Scottish song
  • wean – child
  • beaters - workers employed to drive game birds up into the air so they can be shot
  • tocher – dowry or payment
  • glaikit – foolish
  • huff – a fit of anger or sulking
  • oxter – armpit
  • grue – shudder
  • byke – nest
  • tholing – enduring
  • saps – a warming cheap food mixture made up of bread and tea or warm milk
  • mak siccar – make sure
  • a staunch Kirk hand – a person who always attends church
  • scunners – sickens
  • godmongers – dealers in religion
  • forby – as well as that
  • drooking – drenching
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