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Film Glossary

Film Glossary

Bairns – children

Basket neet – pooled supper

Besom – a derogatory term for a girl or woman. Sometimes used in a less harsh and more teasing way.

Bide - stay

Birling – turning

Bit and sup - food and drink

Braw – good, excellent

Comforters – woollen mittens

Crack – gossip or chat

Dreich - bleak and depressing

Gains - payment in kind

Girdle - round flat iron plate which was hung over a fire for baking

Glaikit – silly

Gliff – startled or sudden fright

Greet – cry

Hind – a married, skilled farm-worker who occupies a farm cottage. A fully skilled ploughman in  charge of two horses.

Hinds' raw - row of cottages on a farm

Hirings - hiring fair where farm workers sought employment

Hoose – house

Jethart – Jedburgh

Keekin – peeping

Loaning - grassy lane or track

Maister – master

Mairrit – married

Mercat – market

Neet – night

Odd laddie –  a young boy training to become a hind. He has charge of one horse.

Plaid – a length of woollen cloth worn as an outer garment.

‘Rubbin’ their poor skins’ – grooming the horses.

Ruching – strips of material used to decorate the black straw hats worn by the bondagers. Usually black and red material was used. These strips of material were pleated or gathered round the crown of the hat.

Scanties and plenties – little and abundance.

Scunnered – disgusted

Shearing - reaping corn using a sickle

‘She aye kent the richt side o’ a shillin’ – she was always very careful with her money. Mean.

Singling – to thin out a row of seedlings.

Skelp – work quickly with energy.

Strang – strong

Striddler – when making a stack of sheaves of corn a bondager might be asked to work between the stacker, working on his knees, and the man on the cart unloading. She had to pass the sheaf the right way round to the stacker – head first not foot first.

Thrack hook - straw rope maker

Twa-ends - a cottage with two rooms

Upstanding wage - payment in advance