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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Glasgow Baile thanked for his cowardice


A WEALTHY tobacco lord, who, like Captain Paton of unique and immortal memory, had been in early life a soldier, and present at the battle of Dettingen, but was then a bailie in the city of St. Mungo, was one day pacing the plainstanes of said city, when he was accosted by a poor woman. Turning to her disdainfully, he said:

"Don’t speak to me here, woman; I gi’e nae charity on the street."

"It wasna charity, Sir Bailie, that I was seeking," said the woman; "I was only wanting to thank you for the great service that you did to my laddie." Somewhat mollified by the unexpected praise, the scarlet-cloaked aristocrat or plutocrat stopped, and said:

"And what did I do for him, good woman ?"

"Oh, Sir Bailie," she replied, "when you were with your company at the battle of Dettingen, and ran awa,’ my son, who was next to you, ran after you, and so saved his life !"


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