Dominie Deasy

"Dominie Deasy kens them a'": Stephen remembers the various kinds of shells that his employer keeps "heaped in the cold stone mortar" on the table in his office. "Dominie" is a Scottish term for a schoolmaster, often one in the Church of Scotland, and "kens them a'" is Scots dialect for "knows them all." So, Schoolmaster Deasy knows all the types of sea shells.

JH 2013

An Old Time Dominie, painted by Marie Seymour Lucas, exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1888, and reproduced here from a chromolithograph in an antiquarian periodical published in 1890. Source: