Mrs MacKay, in all her city finery, had returned
to the village after some years absence to visit her husband's grave. She was,
however, having difficulty in tracing the actual position in the cemetery and
with an assumed "lone-widow" air had approached Erchie, the new gravedigger,
for some assistance. In reply to Erchie's preliminary enquiries she informed
him that the name was MacKay.
"A'll neid mair pairticlars" returned Erchie.
"Losh wumman, thare are dizzens o MacKays liggan here."
"He was a Thomas MacKay" went on the widow.
"Poor Thomas, he was a worthy man, but very, very strict. He always said that
if I was unfaithful to his memory he waould turn in his grave."
"A hae ye nou" cried Erchie. "A hae got ye,
ye'll mean 'Birlin Tam'."
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