Ashet: serving dish
Bejant: first year student at St. Andrew’s University (from the French, bec jaune, or yellow beak, meaning a young bird)
Carline: old woman, witch
Claik: gossip (though Buchan claik simply means Buchan speech, Buchan dialect)
Compear: to appear in any court, as accused or as witness
Couped by the heels: knocked flat
Faisible: respectable, decent
General Assembly: the annual meeting of representatives of the Established Church in Edinburgh, where the Moderator is elected.
Green garten: giving a sister the green garten = a younger sister marrying before an elder one, an embarrassing situation for the elder sister.
Heritors: body of laity, usually landowners, who see to the buildings of a parish, the church, manse and schoolhouse, and appoint the schoolmaster.
Ill-gashioned: mischievous or ill-disposed (a Fife expression)
Jook: duck, dodge
Kenspeckle: well-known, conspicuous
Kirk Session: body of laity, known as elders, who with the minister run a particular church. The Session Clerk is their head. Not unlike a vestry in an Anglican church.
Lepping-on stane: mounting block
Manse: oh, everyone will know this one! It’s the minister’s house, the vicarage equivalent. It’s also the name of the house where a particular professor lived and taught at Aberdeen University, so ‘Humanity Manse’ is where Latin was taught, for example.
Midden: dung heap, refuse heap
Pavie: panic, chaos
Rammie: fight, particularly street fighting.
Shilpit: lazy, useless, unpromising generally
Skirl: yell, scream
Steading: farm buildings usually round a yard.
Taigle: dally (basically entangle)
Taigle the cleek: hinder progress generally, tangle things up
Un-better-maist: ungentlemanly, unladylike
Uncanny: creepy, not quite right (also not careful, not clever)