Joh. Mayor, in the first book of his History of Scotland, contends much for the wholesomeness of oaten bread; it was objected to him, then living at Paris, that his countrymen fed on oats and base grain . And yet Wecker out of Galen calls it horse-meat, and fitter juments than men to feed on.1
Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 1.
Note 1. Oats,a grain which is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.Samuel Johnson: Dictionary of the English Language. [back]