Here he distinguished himself as a scholar, and published an English dictionary and grammar which was long used in all the schools and academies throughout the country. He died at the age of eighty-four, and his time carries us back to the beginning of last century. He used to tell of seeing combatants in the battle of "Shirra Muir" pass his father's place in 1715. His son, Dr.

Weel, Monkbarns is closeted wi' the shirra whatever puir folk may be left thereout ye needna doubt that the gentlemen are aye unco civil amang themsells." "For heaven's sake, my old friend" "Canna ye bid me gang to the deevil at ance, Mr. Lovel? it wad be mair purpose fa'ard than to speak o' heaven in that impatient gate." "But I have private business with Lieutenant Taffril here."

"I'm gauin to see whether the shirra winna be perswaudit to hang ye," answered the shepherd. "This maun be putten a stap till. Quaiet! or I'll brain ye, an' save him the trouble. Here, Janet, fess yer pot o' pitawtas. I'm gauin to toom the man's gun.

I s' jist trail him aff o' the door, an' a bit on to the fire, for he'll be cauld whan he's quaitet doon, an' syne I'll awa' an' get word o' the shirra'. Scotlan's come till a pretty pass, whan they shot men wi' guns, as gien they war wull craturs to be peelt an' aiten. Care what set him!

Presently, after giving us a cigar apiece, Scott bade us farewell and disappeared with his daughter over the hills. And when I applied to Sim for information, his answer of "The Shirra, man! A'body kens the Shirra!" told me, unfortunately, nothing. A more considerable adventure falls to be related. We were now near the border.

"Better g'ie the pileeceman tippence than tak' the cratur afore the shirra for stealin', an' mibby hae the toon peyin' a lot o' bawbees for keepin' her in the gyle, forby railroad tickets for her and twa peelars up to Dundee. That wudda been fully mair gin tippence," said Sandy. Argeyin' wi' Sandy's juist like chasin' a whitterit in a drystane dyke.

Presently, after giving us a cigar apiece, Scott bade us farewell and disappeared with his daughter over the hills. And when I applied to Sim for information, his answer of 'The Shirra, man! A'body kens the Shirra! told me, unfortunately, nothing. A more considerable adventure falls to be related. We were now near the border.

Dishart," Wearyworld whispered, "that the Egyptian diddled baith the captain and the shirra? It's my official opinion that she's no better than a roasted onion, the which, if you grip it firm, jumps out o' sicht, leaving its coat in your fingers. Mr. Dishart, you can pass."

He pointed out, also, among the carved work a nun's head of much beauty, which he said Scott always stopped to admire "for the shirra had a wonderful eye for all sic matters." I would observe that Scott seemed to derive more consequence in the neighborhood from being sheriff of the county than from being poet.

Weel, Monkbarns is closeted wi' the shirra whatever puir folk may be left thereout ye needna doubt that the gentlemen are aye unco civil amang themsells." "For heaven's sake, my old friend" "Canna ye bid me gang to the deevil at ance, Mr. Lovel? it wad be mair purpose fa'ard than to speak o' heaven in that impatient gate." "But I have private business with Lieutenant Taffril here."