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"PETTICOAT DAN."

Petticoat -Dan, a well-known Kirkintilloch character, died at the end of February, at the advanced age of 77 years. Dan dressed somewhat peculiarly so far as his nether garments were concerned, for he invariably wore a woman's petticoat of a blue color. Over this and a jacket of stout moleskin Dan as a rule Avoro a packsheet apron, and until a year or two ago was scarcely ever seen on tbe streets without a shovel for putting m coals and doing odd jobs. Visitors to the town usually* inquired where Dan was to .be seen, and natives coming back on a holiday as a rule made one of their first inquiries "Is Dan still living P" Dan was m receipt of parochial relief, but added to his income by carrying m coals and other odd work, and very seldom was he turned away from a door whether work was given him or not, without a copper or two or a good meal. When the latter was provided Dan said grace, which was a very peculiar collection of Biblical texts and curious sayings all mixed up, its recital occupying sometimes 10 or 15 minutes. Dan was a legular church attender, and it used to be said that m the old days when a Psalm was given out there, was always . a race between Dan and the precentor of the. Auld Lichts as to who would begin first. If Dan got m liis notes first, the precentor invariably got off the tune. One of the delights of the small boy was to pretend to be stealing some of the coals Dan was putting m. A chase ensued, and Dan's usual threat to the small boy was "I'll break a window ower yer heid." A photographer "took" Dan, showed him the picture, and asked him if he kneAV who it was. His reply Avas : " I'm> no sure if it's like mysel', but it is awfu' like my shool." Told that an asylum was to be opened m Bellfield (Kirkintilloch) for "a' the daft folk," Dan replied: "Aweel, they'll no' be mony left m Kirkintilloch."

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"PETTICOAT DAN.", Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 414, 22 April 1913

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"PETTICOAT DAN." Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 414, 22 April 1913

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