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