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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
The head Miller of Partick Mills, and his batch of weans


THE following is given as authentic, on the authority of Mr. James Balderston, a former worthy deacon of the Incorporation of Bakers in this city, by whom it was related long ago.

Joseph Edward, head miller at Partick Mills—(the property of the Incorporation of Glasgow Bakers, and gifted to them by the Regent Murray, after the battle of Langside)—was blessed with a dutiful and affectionate wife, who once made him more than happy, by presenting him with three pledges of their mutual love at a birth. When the first was born the midwife came and told Joseph that "he had got a child." "I forget," said the deacon, "whether a son or a daughter." In a short time after she came and told him of another—and in a little after of a third. Joseph was perplexed. He began to be afraid there might be more coming, so he got himself dressed in his Sunday attire, and went to his minister, the Rev. Lawrence Hill, of the Barony Church, Glasgow, to see after getting them baptised. Having knocked at the minister’s door, and got admission, the reverend gentleman kindly asked for his welfare, when Joseph answering, and scratching his head, said:

"I have come, sir, to see if you would baptise a wheen weans to me."

"A wheen what!" exclaimed the minister.

"A wheen weans," replied Joseph.

"How many have ye?" asked the minister.

"Sir," said Joseph, "there were three when I cam’ awa’, but I dinna ken how mony mair micht be coming by the time I gang back."


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