Document 145

Daith's Frien

Author(s): Sheena Blackhall

Copyright holder(s): Sheena Blackhall


Daith lowsed the snib on a baillie's yett,
Stap-fu wi a rowth o gear;
It's easy kent, b' the braisse name-plate,
Adversity's ill-liked here.
He'd puckles o calls tae mak yon day,
Bit damned, wid the baillie dee!
Did Daith nae ken he wis due at ten,
Fur gowf wi the committee?
Ye'll dee as yer telt fur aince, quo Daith
Like a dentist pullin teeth.
At ilkie rug in his lang black lug
The baillie screiched oot Thief!
I've ten years owin me yet, he cried,
I've friens at the verra tap!
An ye'll be needin them aa, quo Daith,
An swallaed him, neck an crap.
Daith climmed the stair o a gangrel chiel
On neebourly terms wi wint,
Fa's life wis bare as a tinker's pooch
Wi the cauldrife win ahint.
'Yer welcome man, fur I've waited lang
This day, an the hale year roon.'
An Daith an the gangrel, linkin airms,
Gaed fusslin through the toun.

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Daith's Frien


Text audience

General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Word count 173

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Text publication details

Publisher Charles Murray Trust
Publication year 1995
Place of publication Aberdeen
ISBN/ISSN 0952114259

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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