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Citation: As a wee bairn McLean first skelpit a mickle whaup his daddie has whangit with a stane, and then ilka beastie that came his way
Language: Scots dialect
References: The Fortune of War, page 61
Meaning: As a young boy McLean first skinned a whimbrel his father had hit with a stone, and then any creature that came his way


A whimbrel is a small bird; skelpit usually means 'hurried' but O'Brian presumably thinks it a word for 'scalped'.

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