Excerpt from An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, Vol. 1 For convenient reference, and in order otherwise to increase the usefulness of this work, many important improvements have been introduced in the form of the book. It will be found, for example, that all the quotations, corrections, and additions of the Supplement, have been incorporated in the body of the work; and that the arrangement of words, which was in some instances faulty, has been made more consistent; that many corrections have been made throughout; and that t a few additional forms and meanings of words have been given. But, in almost every case, except where the alteration is merely verbal, the new matter has been enclosed within brackets, to distinguish it from the work of Dr. Jamieson. No pains have been spared to make this edition of the Scottish Dictionary as correct and complete as possible; but, even with the utmost care and attention, in a work of such magnitude and diversity, mistakes and omissions are unavoidable. In order to remedy these defects, the volumes will come under the eye of ripe and able scholars in all parts of the world, and lists of corrigenda and addenda will be collected as the work proceeds, which, when properly sifted and arranged, will form an interesting and valuable addition to the great work by Dr. Jamieson. To secure a result so important, every one who takes an interest in our Scottish literature, and in the success of the present undertaking, is respectfully invited to assist; for, only by combination of effort, can completeness be obtained. The Publisher will reckon himself peculiarly indebted to any readers who will take the trouble of pointing out errors of importance, or of transmitting to him such words as have been omitted, with the proper explanations. This edition contains Dr. Jamieson's original Prefaces, his Dissertation on the Origin of the Scottish Language, a List of the Books referred to, or quoted by the Author throughout his Dictionary and Supplement, and the List of Original Subscribers. When nearly half of the first volume had passed through the press, Dr. Longmuir was compelled, by the state of his health, to withdraw in some measure from the supervision of the work. The Publisher was fortunate in securing the services of D.Donaldson, Esq., F.E.I.S., Editor of The Troy Book in the Early English Text Society's Series, whose extensive kwledge of Scottish literature, and experience as a student of Philology, specially qualify him for the work. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.