Lots of Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

I finally made it to the end of the novel The Abbot by Sir Walter Scott. (Hurray! All ends well for our hero.) The final chapters of the novel contained quite an assortment of words for hats, helmets, and clothing!


A barret is a kind of cap formerly worn by soldiers; it is also called a barret cap. It is also a flat cap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics. (Fine Dictionary)


A basnet is a steel head-piece or helmet. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


A culvering is an early form of handgun. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


Eftsoons is an obsolete or archaic way of saying soon afterward or once again. (Dictionary.com)


To exheridate a person means to disinherit them. (Merriam-Webster)


A farthingale is a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman’s skirt, worn in the16th and 17th centuries. (Dictionary.com)


Garbulle is the Scots variant of variant of garboil. A garboil is a confusion, disturbance, uproar, or tumult—such as a brawl. (Word Finder)


To kent is to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with person or thing or to understand or perceive an idea or situation. (Dictionary.com)


A knapscap is a helmet or headpiece. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


A part let is a garment for the neck and shoulders, usually ruffled and having acollar, worn in the 16th century. (Dictionary.com)

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