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  • "'But your parents dinna want that for you, Ian, if better might be managed. They'd have ye grow to be a man of learning and influence; duine uasal, perhaps.' It was a Gaelic expression I had heard before, literally 'a man of worth.' It was the term for tacksmen and lairds, the men of property and followers who ranked only below chieftains in the Highland clans."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 146

    January 17, 2010