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TITLE
Boustie
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_287_P195
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1850s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31076
KEYWORDS
characters
people
Thurso
Boustie
aristocrats
nicknames
Boustie

Boustie's real name was Neil Mackay. Although one of Thurso's 'characters', he was not a native and it has been suggested that he was from the Reay Country, in Sutherland. Nobody was sure when or how Boustie came to Caithness. Theories range from falling out of the sky like a meteor, or jumping from an emigrant ship, to having been a mason's labourer in Edinburgh where he picked up his aristocratic airs.

Boustie was a proud man, believing himself to be an aristocrat, but was also given to lying and boasting as well as to stealing peat from his neighbours.

This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories of the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair

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Boustie

1850s

characters; people; Thurso; Boustie; aristocrats; nicknames

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Boustie's real name was Neil Mackay. Although one of Thurso's 'characters', he was not a native and it has been suggested that he was from the Reay Country, in Sutherland. Nobody was sure when or how Boustie came to Caithness. Theories range from falling out of the sky like a meteor, or jumping from an emigrant ship, to having been a mason's labourer in Edinburgh where he picked up his aristocratic airs.<br /> <br /> Boustie was a proud man, believing himself to be an aristocrat, but was also given to lying and boasting as well as to stealing peat from his neighbours.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Scenes and Stories of the North of Scotland' by John Sinclair