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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Bob Dragon the ugliest man in Glasgow


AT the beginning of the present century the eccentric Robert Dreghorn, Esq. of Ruchill, better known in Glasgow as Bob Dragon, was said to have been the ugliest man in Glasgow.

His body was of a tall, gaunt, and lean nature, with an inward bend in the small of the back his head, which was of enormous dimensions, was admirably suited by a face of the strangest and most repulsive aspect. His nose was acquiline, and turned considerably to one side of the face, on which, indeed, it is said to have almost lain flat. He was blind of one eye, and squinted with the other, while his cheeks had been dreadfully ploughed and furrowed by the small-pox, some of the marks being as big as three-penny pieces.

He dressed generally in a single-breasted coat, which reached below his knees; his hair was powdered, and his queue, or pig-tail, was ornamented with a bow of black ribbon. He always walked the street with a cane in his hand, and did not spare the rod on the persons of such little urchins as came in his way, so that to them he became quite a bughear, and they would make off helter-skelter whenever they saw him appear. He also served as bogie to the matrons of Glasgow with which to frighten their little ones to rest.


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