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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Mr Thom's encouragement and rebuke


A former chief magistrate of Glasgow had risen to great estate from small beginnings, and was notorious for his nigardly disposition. While Mr. Thorn was one day talking with this gentleman on the street, a beggar made up to them, and was rather roughly ordered off by Mr. Ingram. Thom could not lose the chance of a good hit; and holding out twopence to the mendicant, accompanied it with the telling remark:

"Hae, man, ye may be Provost of Glasgow some day yet."

A footnote to the anecdote adds: "Archibald Ingram, provost in 1702 and 1763, for whom ‘Ingram Street’ was named."


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