Document 237

Spin your Peerie

Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


Just an hour before the learie
Lights the lamps, come play a-learie
Nancy, Willy, Andy, Lily
Bring your whip and spin your peerie.

Nell, you're 'het' for hide-and-seek
Shut your eyes and dinnae peek
Play 'relievers', skliff your peevers
Sandy, hurl your gir' and cleek,

Caw your ropes and bounce your stotter
Two-and-out and high-low water
Jinkers, ball-games, high-spy, doll-games
Birds and beasts and Rich-man's daughter

Totties two and three and four
Clockwork taps and chap-the-doors
Jacket goals and stilts on poles
Bogeys, tigs and keeping scores

Moshie, conkers, meenie-mos
Plunkers, bools and tin yo-yos
Minded places, minded faces
Echo's drift from long ago.

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Spin your Peerie


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 121

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Author details

Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes