NO A STREAM

Frae: R. De Bruce Trotter, Galloway Gossip (1901), p. 81

WHUN the celebrated joodge Lord Cockburn wus gaun tae Compstone, on his first visit tae his gude-brither Lord Dundrennan, he fell in wi a plewman on the road, an pointin tae the water, said — “Is this stream the river Tarff?”

“Stream be hang’t!” says the man, “confoond yer impidence! d’ye ca that a stream? That’s the Black Water o’ Dee, the graunest an auncientest water in Gallawa! A stream atweel!

A CHOICE O’ HELLS

GENTEEL NAMES [2]

Partial Glossar

Definitions frae DSL (links are tae the relevant entries).

  • Water ‘A large stream, usu. thought of as intermediate in size between a burn and a river, freq. a tributary of a main river or occas. applied to the upper reaches of what becomes a larger river.’ [WATER]
  • Atweel ‘Assuredly, certainly, indeed.’ [ATWEEL]