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Sir Walter Scott

Walter Scott was a superstar novelist of the early 19th century, and a pioneer in the art of the historical novel. His special interest was Scotland's history and culture; his first literary success w…

Brewer's: Bradwardine

(Rose). The daughter of Baron Bradwardine, and the heroine of Scott's Waverley. She is in love with young Waverley, and ultimately marries him. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. …

Charles Addison BOUTELLE

BOUTELLE, Charles Addison, a Representative from Maine; born in Damariscotta, Lincoln County, Maine, February 9, 1839; attended the public schools at Brunswick and the Yarmouth Academy; adopted…

Brewer's: Andrea Ferrara

A sword. So called from a famous sword-maker of the name. (Sixteenth century.) “We'll put in bail, my boy; old Andrea Ferrara shall lodge his security.” —Scott: Waverley,…

Brewer's: Balmawhapple

A stupid, obstinate Scottish laird in Scott's Waverley, a novel (1805). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894BalmérinoBalm A B C D E F G H I J K L …

Brewer's: Barley

To cry barley. To ask for truce (in children's games). Query, a corruption of parley. “A proper lad o' his quarters, that will not cry barley in a brulzïe.” —Sir W. …

Brewer's: Circumbendibus

(A). He took a circumbendibus, i.e. he went round about and round about before coming to the point. “Partaking of what scholars call the periphrastic and ambagitory, and the vulgar th…

Brewer's: Edward

Edward the Confessor's sword. Curtana (the cutter), a blunt sword of state, emblematical of mercy. The Chevalier Prince Charles Edward. The Young Pretender. Introduced by Sir Walter Scott …

Brewer's: Gellatley

(Davie). The idiot servant of the Baron of Bradwardine. (Sir W. Scott: Waverley.) Also spelt GELLATLY. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894GemaraGelert A B C …

Brewer's: Gowk-thrapple

(Maister). A pulpitdrumming “chosen vessel” in Scott's Waverley. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894GowleeGowk A B C D E F G H I J K L M…