Praying versus Fitches, p.79.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

BURNS sometimes read books not always seen in people’s hands on Sunday. Mrs. Burns checked this, when the bard laughingly replied – 

“You’ll not think me so good a man as Nancy Kelly (or Cullie) is a woman?” 

“Indeed, no.” 

“Then I’ll tell you what happened this morning. When I took a walk this morning by the banks of the Nith, I heard Nancy Kelly praying long before I came till her. I walked on, and before I returned I saw her helping herself to an armful of my fitches.” Nancy kept a cow. 

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