A place for keeping lard or bacon. This shows that swine were
the chief animals salted and preserved in olden times. (Latin, lardum, lard.)
The Douglas Larder.
The English garrison and all its provisions in Douglas castle
massed together by good Lord James Douglas, in 1307.
“He caused all the barrels containing flour, meat, wheat, and malt to
be knocked in pieces and their contents mixed on the floor; then he
staved the great hogsheads of wine and ale, and mixed the liquor with
the stores; and last of all, he killed the prisoners, and flung the
dead bodies among this disgusting heap, which his men called, in
decision of the English `The Douglas Larder'.” —Sir Walter Scott Tales of a Grandfather, ix.
is very similar. It consisted of the dead bodies of the garrison of
Ardrossan, in Ayrshire, cast into the dungeon keep. The castle was
surprised by Wallace in the reign of Edward I.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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