Half-done, as Elgin was burnt. In the wars between James II.
of Scotland and the Douglases in 1452, the Earl of Huntly burnt
one-half of the town of Elgin, being the side which belonged to the
Douglases, but left the other side standing because it belonged to his
own family. (
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894