February 24 1815: Origin of “Blood is Thicker Than Water”


On February 24 1815, Walter Scott publishes his novel Guy Mannering or The Astrologer. He started writing the novel in December  of 1814, and six weeks later he had finished it. The novel is also notable for popularizing the phrase “Blood is Thicker Than Water”. The phrase was used earlier but it is Scott who is credited with popularizing its use. In the novel, Scott writes: “Weel — Blud’s thicker than water — she’s welcome to the cheeses.” Strangely, the last part of the phrase — “She’s welcome to the cheeses.” — has not become a popular phrase.

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