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More commonly, this prejudice towards pork has been attributed not to the whole of Scotland but only to the Highlanders. It is interesting to note, all the same, their willingness for others to eat the offending meat, for some bred pigs and marketed them in Lowland towns. Captain Burt, commenting from the Highlands in the early eighteenth century, offers a sad reflection on the people's poverty when he observes: " I own I never saw any Swine among the Mountains,and there is good Reason for it: these People have no Offal wherewith to feed them and were they to give them any other Food, one single sow would devour all the Provisions of a Family."

Pork, known as poor man's beef, would certainly have been eaten occasionally in Scotland. However, although the rearing of pigs had become more widespread after the advent of potatoes as a field crop, their flesh was regarded by some with distaste. In his notes on Waverley, Sir Walter Scott says: " Pork, or swine's flesh, in any shape, was, till of late years, much abominated by the Scotch, nor is it yet in 1814, a favourite food among them. King Jamie carried this prejudice to England, and is known to have abominated pork almost as much as he did tobacco."

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