Dialect in British Fiction: 1800-1836Funded by The Arts and Humanities Research CouncilSupported by The University of Sheffield
Full record including Speech Extracts
St. Clyde; A Novel. In Three Volumes.
Author Details
Author Name:Unknown
Gender:Unknown
Anonymous:Yes
Publication Details
Publisher:Printed for Gale and Fenner, Paternoster-Row, by S. Hamilton, Weybridge, Surrey.
Place:London
Date:1816
Novel Details
Genre:Courtship; domestic; inheritance/identity; manners/society; mystery
Setting:Scotland; Highlands; Hammersmith
Period:Contemporary
Plot
Military officer Colin St Clyde, son of a Scottish laird, is believed lost in battle. His heartbroken father, the laird, apparently commits suicide (drowns in a lake) on hearing of the loss of his son. Eventually Colin returns, and finds that his scheming uncle - Villejuive - has inherited both property and title. Much of the rest of the plot is centred on proving Villejuive is a villain (including, it transpires, murdering Colin's father). Many other domestic incidents are reported.
Overview of the Dialect
There is a huge cast of supporting characters, domestic and others employed by the estate or living in the region. Most of these characters speak in a heavily marked Scots, including lots of vocabulary. The narrative sections also quite often use dialect terms. See, e.g. Sandy McTaggart (vol 1, pp 124-5).
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Speaker #1:Mactaggart - Postmaster
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The postmaster
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Postmaster
Social Role Category:Trade or craft
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Isle of Bute, Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Isle of Bute, Scotland
Speaker #2:Suter Willie - Unspecified
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Suter Willie
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Unspecified
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Scotland
Speaker #3:Widow - Unspecified
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Widow
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - elderly
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Unspecified
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Scotland
Speaker #4:The Dominie - Teacher / minister
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:The Dominie
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Peripheral
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Teacher / minister
Social Role Category:Clergy
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Scotland
Speaker #5:Sandy Glass - A kind of village idiot, so wanders rather than works
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Idiot savant
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:A kind of village idiot, so wanders rather than works
Social Role Category:Destitute poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Scotland
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Sandy Glass
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Speaker #6:Sergeant Macbean - Sergeant in army
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Sergeant
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Sergeant in army
Social Role Category:Military
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Highlands, Scotland
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Sergeant Macbean
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Speaker #7:Narrator (third person) - Individual
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Narrator (third person)
Gender:Unknown
Age:Adult - unspecified age
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Central
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:
Social Role Category:
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:
Place of Origin Category:Unspecified
Extract #1 dialect features:
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Speaker #8:Willie - Shepherd
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Willie
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Shepherd
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Highlands, Scotland
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Bess, Willie
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Speaker #9:Wattie - Shepherd
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Wattie
Gender:Male
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Shepherd
Social Role Category:Respectable poor
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Highlands, Scotland
Speaker #10:Bess - Minister's servant
Individual or Group:Individual
Primary Identity:Bess
Gender:Female
Age:Adult - young
Narrative Voice:3rd person
Role:Minor
Dialect Features:

Social Role
Social Role Description:Minister's servant
Social Role Category:Servant
Speaker's Origin
Place of Origin Description:Scotland
Place of Origin Category:Highlands, Scotland
Extract #1 dialect features:
Speakers: All , Bess, Willie
Extract #2 dialect features:
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