(Mr. Paulus). An advocate in Edinburgh, formerly sheriff of Ellangowan.
“Mr. Counsellor Pleydell was a lively, sharp-looking gentleman, with
a professional shrewdness in his eye, and, generally speaking, a
professional formality in his manner; but this he could slip off on a
Saturday evening when ... he joined in the ancient pastime of High
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894