Document 602

By the burnie that feeds the muckle DEE

Author(s): Maureen Sangster

Copyright holder(s): Maureen Sangster


I bided by a burnie
far I aften saw a bairnie
swimmin throu the watter
an fechtin wi the fish.

He blethered wi the fishermen
nicked the ham frae oot their sandwiches
weel, he grew plump an bonnie
an oh, I wanted him fur me

So I took tae standin patient
on the bank, laden wi a thermos
an ither temptin goodies,
I thocht I'd get him throu his greed

But he pit oot his tongue rudely
an passed by ma misfortune
an I've heard, syne, that he crawled oot
at the Palace up the DEE.

I've still nae got a bairnie
I keep ma vigil by the burnie
an I try nae tae bear a grudge
agin the Prince, the faither up the DEE

but if bairnies are gettin choosey
fur status an fur money
there'll be get mony left standin
by the burnie that feeds the muckle DEE.

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By the burnie that feeds the muckle DEE


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1984
Word count 154

Text medium


Text publication details

Publisher Scottish Cultural Press
Publication year 1997
Place of publication Edinburgh
ISBN/ISSN 189821865X
Edition 1st

Text setting

Other Written initially for own pleasure.

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Author details

Author id 249
Forenames Maureen
Surname Sangster
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Place of birth Aberdeen
Region of birth Aberdeen
Birthplace CSD dialect area Abd
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Kirkcaldy
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Teacher
Father's place of birth St Fergus
Father's region of birth Buchan
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Buchan
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Teacher
Mother's place of birth Skene
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 For general use
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes In Scots-speaking company. Poetry writing/readings