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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Dr. Wardlaw of Glasgow: Braw and Bonny


THE late Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, when a young man, was fair to look upon; and like the early fathers of the Congregational denomination, he now and again went on a tour through the country to preach the Gospel. In the summer of 1811, the young preacher, Mr. Wardlaw, visited Banff on a tour through the North of Scotland, and was by no means strictly clerical in his costume, but wore topped boots and other articles of dress corresponding to the necessities of a journey on horseback.

This circumstance, added to the remarkably elegant appearance of the preacher, rather stumbled the faith of a lady, one of the old school. She looked wonders as she saw the young minister ascend the pulpit stairs; but as he entered on his subject she was seen to become most grave and attentive. When he had finished his discourse she looked round to auother ladya person of an exceedingly different cast of mindand exclaimed:

"Oh, woman! was na that a great sermon for sic a young man? But oh, hes oer braw and bonny!"

"Oer braw !" replied the lady addressed; "fat signifies a mans claes, if there be plenty o furniture ins mind? And to find faut with the dear, young man because hes bonny is something like a reflection on the Creator Himself,"a rebuke both reverent and sensible.


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