“Brother Sam,” for his incapacity to follow out the sequence of any train of thought, and for supposing all are insane who differ from him.

(Mr. Sothern of the Haymarket created this character by his power of conception and the genius of his acting. 1858.)

Dunedin , Edinburgh.

On her firm-set rock
Dunedin’s castle felt a secret shock.
   —Byron: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809).

Dunlathmon, the family seat of Nuäth, father of Oithona (q.v.).—Ossian: Oithona.

Dunmow Flitch (The), given to any married couple who, at the close of the first year of their marriage, can take their oath they have never once wished themselves unmarried again. Dr. Short sent a gammon to the princess Charlotte and her consort, prince Leopold, while they were at Claremont House.

A similar custom is observed at the manor of Wichenor, in Staffordshire, where corn as well as bacon is given to the “happy pair.”

(For a list of those who have received the flitch from its establishment, see Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, p. 391.)

Dunois (The count de), in sir W. Scott’s novel of Quentin Durward (time, Edward IV.).

Dunois the Brave, hero of the famous French song, set to music by queen Hortense, mother of Napoleon III., and called Partant pour la Syrie. His prayer to the Virgin, when he left for Syria, was—

Que j’aime la plus belle,
Et sois le plus vaillant.

He behaved with great valour, and the count whom he followed gave him his daughter to wife. The guests, on the bridal day, all cried aloud—

Amour à la plus belle!
Honneur au plus vaillant!
   —Words by M. de Laborde (1809).

Dunover, a poor gentleman introduced by sir W. Scott in the introduction of The Heart of Midlothian (time, George II.).

Dunrommath, lord of Uthal, one of the Orkn eys. He carried off Oithona, daughter of Nuäth (who was engaged to be married to Gaul, son of Morni), and was slain by Gaul in fight.

Gaul advanced in his arms; Dunrommath shrunk behind his people. But the spear of Gaul pierced the gloomy chief: his sword lopped off his head, as it bended in death.—Ossian: Oithona.

Duns Scotus, called “The Subtle Doctor,” said to have been born at Dunse, in Berwickshire, or Dunstance, in Northumberland (1265–1308).

N.B.—John Scotus, called Erigena (“Erin-born”), is quite another person (*-886). Erigena is sometimes called “Scotus the Wise,” and lived four centuries before “The Subtle Doctor.”

Dun-Shunner (Augustus), a penname of professor William Edmonstoune Aytoun, in Blackwood’s Magazine (1813–1865).

Dunsmore Cross or High Cross, the centre of England.

Hence, Muse, divert thy course to Dunsmore, by that cross
Where those two mighty ways, the Watling and the Foss,
Our centre seem to cut.
   —Drayton: Polyolbion, xiii. (1613).

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