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Scottish Proverbs

by Pappity Stampoy (1663)

(Originally published as A Collection of Scotch Proverbs)

Proverbs Beginning with “C”

Scottish lass

Detail from a vintage postcard.

  • Curtesie is cumbersom to them that kens it not.
  • Come it aire, come it late, in May comes the Cow-quake.
  • Court to the Town, and whore to the window.
  • Calk is na sheares.
  • Clap a carle on the culs, and he will shit in your louf.
  • Cadgers speaks of lead saddles.
  • Changing of works is lighting of hearts.
  • Charge your friend ere you need.
  • Cats eats that Hussies spares.
  • Cast not forth the old water while the new come in.
  • Cease your snow balls casting.
  • Crabbit was, and cause had.
  • Comparisons are odious.
  • Cold cools the love that kindles over hot.
  • Cut duels in every Town.
  • Condition makes, and condition breakes.
  • Come not to the councell uncalled.


Scottish Proverbs

Many fine collections of Scottish proverbs have been published over the years. An assortment of some of our favorites are available as new or used copies. Your purchase will help support the non-profit activitites of Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads.

You are free to use the proverbs in this online collection on your own site as long as you credit Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads as the source and provide a link to our Web site:

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