LADY BETTY CUNNINGHAM and Bailie
Anderson both resided in Glasgow early in the present century. The bailie
happened to be an elder and Lady Betty a hearer in St. Enoch’s Church. One
of her ladyship’s servants had fallen into decayed circumstances, and
applied to the bailie for parochial relief; but Mr. Anderson being of
opinion that Lady Betty should relieve her servants herself, declined to
accede to her request.
When this was told to the lady she
retaliated by going to church on the following Sunday with the firm
determination of putting nothing in the plate; and the bailie, happening
to be officiating at the church-door, she made the most profound curtsy to
him, and sailed up the centre of the church. The worthy magistrate and
elder was at first struck so much by this excess of manners that he was
somewhat dumfoundered. However, in a few moments, he recovered himself,
and instantly resolved to be even with her ladyship. He accordingly
entered the church, and addressed her, but in so loud a tone that the
whole congregation heard him.
"Gi’e us," said he, "less o’ your
manners, my leddy, and mair o’ your siller."