The souter gae the sow a kiss; "grumph," quo' she, "it's for a birse."
But I am still puzzled to dispose of the birse in a (p. 089) becoming manner.
My birse rose at this, which I regarded as a rank treason in any man that spoke my own language even with a tartan accent.
Footnote 28: A birse, or bunch of hog's bristles, forms the cognizance of the Sutors.
A week later birse told me that the congregation had decided to regard the incident as adding lustre to their kirk.
And I saw him,” said birse, “put up his hand atween him and the Book, as if he thocht it was to jump at him.
birse knew well what the thing was called, but the word is a staggerer to say in company.
Hendry Munn,” said birse, “stood upon one leg, wondering whether he should run to the session-house for a glass of water.
birse was a little behind, but a conversation was being kept up by shouting.
I had mostly forgot to speak of the birse for cleaning out the pan, and the piker for clearing the motion-hole.