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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Glasgow folk grandfatherless

AN old Scottish landed proprietor, or laird, who piqued himself much upon his pedigree, and had a sovereign con tempt for men who had come to fortune through successful industry, was one night in a company where a young lady from Glasgow happened to descant upon what her father, her grandfathers, and her great-grandfathers, had done as civil rulers in the city.

After enduring this for a little, the laird at last tapped the fair speaker gently on the shoulder, and said to her in an emphatic, but good-humoured tone:

Wheest, my woman; nae Glasgow folk ever had grandfaithers."

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