What is the word under Cottar?
I think, judging from the other records on the page that it is a place. Location of Record: Kirkinner Year: 1829
[Cottar: A tenant occupying a cottage with or without land attached to it, a married farmworker who has a cottage as part of his contract (cot-house - tied farmworker's cottage) ]
Update: today, 25 February 2012
Opened the Scottish Proverbs book by Colin Walker to page 177 and here is the proverb: "Like the links 'o the cruik". Translation below: "Spoken of one who looks emaciated"
I think this may be, as someone suggested, a cottage near the banks of running water. In this proverb's case a drought.