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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Bishopbriggs weaver and his son on wife and mother


SIMON BEVERIDGE, a poor handloom weaver in Bishopbriggs, had the misfortune to be allied to a very bad wife in fact a perfect randy. In all his troubles, however, he had always the sympathies of his only son Jamie, and many a conversation the two had on the evil habits and temper of wife and mother.

"Father," the son would say, when any extra row occurred, "dinna vex yoursel aboot that mither o mine."

One day Mrs. Beveridge went "ower the tow" altogether, and Simon, nearly broken-hearted, said to his friend and comforter:

"Jamie, Jamie, what think ye o that wife o mine this morning? is she no an awfu heavy handfu for onybody to hae, let alane puir me?"

"Deed is she, father," said Jamie. "Ist no a pity, man,

that ye didna marry Jenny Trams, when ye could hae gotten her for the asking? Sic a mither she would hae been !"

"Ou, ay, Jamie, my man," replied the unhappy Simon, "it wad hae been better a ways, but what maun be, maun be."

"Weel, weel, father," said the sympathising son, "gin ye say that, we must jouk and let the jaw gae by; but, between oursels, I really think we happened on a bad bargain when we got her.


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