"a great drove of paulies, a species of stock that I never heard of before"

John Jamieson’s Supplement to the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1825) defines ‘paulie’ as “an unhealthy sheep”, and as such it does not represent a species at all. Here, Hogg demonstrates, through the character of the Editor, the general contempt in which his profession was held by his contemporaries whilst at the same time mocking his (and their) ignorance.