It Never Ends! Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

I have yet to exhaust Sir Walter Scott’s vast vocabulary. These words all appear in the novel The Abbot, which is something of a sequel to the novel The Monastery.


A coronach is the third part of a round of keening, the traditional improvised singing at a death, wake or funeral in the Highlands of Scotland and in Ireland. (Wikipedia)


A culverin is a medieval ancestor of the musket, used in the 15th and 16th centuries. (Wikipedia)

Don-jon Keep

A donjon is a massive inner tower in a medieval castle (Merriam-Webster) and a don-jon keep is a dungeon. (Merriam-Webster)


Galliard is an adjective that means gay or lively. Also, a galliard is the name of a sprightly dance with five steps to a phrase that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. (Merriam-Webster)


A galopin is an urchin, scamp, brat, or ragamuffin. (Wiktionary)


A lurdane is a lazy, stupid person. (Merriam-Webster)


A petard was a small bomb used to blow up gates and walls when breaching fortifications, which dates back to the 16th century. (Wikipedia)

[At last I know what the Shakespearean phrase “hoist with his own petard” means! If a petard detonated prematurely, the petardier would be lifted, or hoisted, by the explosion. In other words, the bomber would be blown up by his own bomb.]

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