Anecdotage of Glasgow
The Mains Beadle and Glasgow Cathedral
REV. DR. ROBERTSON, before being
appointed minister of the Cathedral in Glasgow, was located in the village
of Mains. After his removal, Walter Nicoll, the beadle of the latter
place, paid him a visit and attended worship in the Cathedral, which, with
its noble columns, lofty arches, and stained glass windows, is one of the
most imposing and stately places of worship in Scotland.
"This is a much finer church than
the Mains, Walter," said Dr. Robertson, after service, to his visitor.
"I’m no sae sure o’ that, doctor,"
was the rejoinder.
"Indeed!" exclaimed the doctor,
"surely you have no fault to find with our noble Cathedral?"
After a pause, as if Walter did not
want to hurt the feelings of his reverend friend more than was necessary,
"Weel, sir, nae great faut, but
she’s useless big; she’s got nae laft, and she’s sair fashed wi’ a’ thae
muckle pillars about her."
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