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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 23 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GILLIE (from the Gael. gille, Irish gille or giolla, a servant or boy), an attendant on a Gaelic chieftain; in this sense its use, save historically, is rare. The name is now applied in the Highlands of Scotland to the man-servant who attends a sports-man in shooting or fishing. A gillie-wetfoot, a term now obsolete (a translation of gillie-casfliuch, from the Gaelic cas, foot, and fliuch, wet), was the Billie whose duty it was to carry his master over streams. It became a term of contempt among the Lowlanders for the " tail " (as his. attendants were called) of a Highland chief.
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