When the Provost gave his grand spree on Hogmanay there was never an invitation for the Gourlay youngsters.
Only two Jocks had got out and kept their Hogmanay elsewhere and quite elsehow—a creditably small proportion out of forty men.
Hogmanay is the popular Scotch name for the last day of the year.
Each child gets a quadrant of oat-cake (sometimes with cheese), and this is called the “Hogmanay.”
On the eve of "Hogmanay," as it is called, everybody stays up to welcome the New Year, with great jollification.
On the night of Hogmanay, at about half-past ten, the regiment assembles in the barrack square.