Kist - a wicker receptacle used in ancient Rome for carrying sacred utensils in a procession.
Or, when I searched further - a Scottish word for a large wooden chest, or a person's chest on their body.
A 'kist of whistles' is a derogatory name for a church organ or a wheezy asthmatic like me!
Who knew? When I saw the word I got a funny feeling. I think my great-great-grandma has been quoted using the word. Here is her story as it comes to me with this word.
My g-g-grandma, Mary Morrison (ne Alexander) was from Scotland - not the highlands but the lowlands. She went to the Edinburgh Lady's College or so the story goes. She and my g-g-grandpa, Andrew, emigrated to Canada in 1851. They brought three children with them who all died of cholera on the ship. They landed in New York City and were to take another ship up to Canada but my grandmother protested. She was tired and heart-sick and her husband agreed they could stay in New York City for awhile. There he ran a woolen and grocery store on Fifth Ave., a common enough placement for a Scot. They stayed four years, produced a daughter and then travelled to Ontario. Mary and Andrew had two more children, one of whom - J.P. was my great-grandfather. When J.P. came to an age he decided he wanted to better himself by heading west. He and his best friend, Bob Howat, set out for Manitoba. They found a homestead and my great-grandfather sent for his parents. Out they came - by rail and by oxen. They arrived at the homestead to find that their son's best friend, Bob, had just died from pneumonia. They buried him in the field and when they were almost finished a hail-storm pelted them so they had to take refuge under the wagon. Through none of the hardships my grandmother had endured had she been known to speak with any bitterness or anger but this was the final straw. She stood there under the grey prairie sky and raised her tiny fist.
She had brought her 'kist' and kin all that way! Dowie means melancholy, down and sad, and I believe she is saying 'Jamie' as a short form for her son James (J.P)
Here is something describing the word droukit - another Scottish one: