The Lottery, taken from: http://ajarnjohn.com/about-fluency/our-stories/the-lottery/“Don’t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?” said Mr Summers. [...]
“Horace is not but sixteen yet,” Mrs Dunbar said. “Guess I’ve got to fill in for the old man this year.”
I know, and that Northern English word is often used by the male servantWe have a similar expression 'nobbut'.
(Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, Project Gutenberg)‘There’s nobbut t’ missis; and shoo’ll not oppen ’t
an ye mak’ yer flaysome dins till neeght.’
http://www.wuthering-heights.co.uk/josephs-speech.php'There's nobody but the mistress, and she'll not open it for you
if you make your frightening din [noise] till night.'