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Old Mortality, Volume 1
Sir Walter Scott

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OLD MORTALITY 

by Sir Walter Scott 

EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION
TO
OLD MORTALITY. 

The origin of "Old Mortality," perhaps the best of Scott's historical
romances, is well known.  In May, 1816, Mr.  Joseph Train, the gauger from
Galloway, breakfasted with Scott in Castle Street.  He brought gifts in
his hand,--a relic of Rob Roy, and a parcel of traditions.  Among these
was a letter from Mr.  Broadfoot, schoolmaster in Pennington, who
facetiously signed himself "Clashbottom." To cleish, or clash, is to
"flog," in Scots.  From Mr.  Broadfoot's joke arose Jedediah Cleishbotham,

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