Document 135

Twa Queens

Author(s): Sheena Blackhall

Copyright holder(s): Sheena Blackhall


Lace an pomanders, pearls an ruffs,
Spanish galleons, dauncin bears,
Streets wi a thoosan different guffs,
Lark for denner, or potted hares.

Walter Raleigh an Francis Drake
Braved the tide fur the English Queen.
The croon sat ill on her royal heid,
Till her cousin Mary's sheen war teem.

Mary played in the Dauphin's coort,
Bonnie an jimp, an blythe an braw,
An thocht that life should be luv and sport,
Till the heidsman sneckit her life awa.

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Twa Queens


Text audience

General public
Audience size 100+

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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 2003
Word count 80

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Publisher Finavon Press
Publication year 2004
Place of publication Angus
ISBN/ISSN 0954168968

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Author details

Author id 112
Forenames Sheena
Surname Blackhall
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Brought up Protestant, now Buddhist
Occupation Writer and supply teacher
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Aberdeen
Region of residence Aberdeen
Residence CSD dialect area Abd
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Manager of Deeside Omnibus Service
Father's place of birth Aboyne
Father's region of birth Aberdeen
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Private Secretary
Mother's place of birth Aberdeen
Mother's region of birth Aberdeen
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic Yes Yes Yes Yes Elementary. Gaelic choir. Poetry.
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes