Document 64

A Wee Lick o Vernish

Author(s): Robert Fairnie

Copyright holder(s): Robert Fairnie


Geordie an his guid-wife, Beenie, gied the front door an the windaes a guid leukin ower an they juist cuidnae git ower hou scabbit they hid gotten in sic a cuttie time. It seemed nae time at aw syne they war last duin. Baith the door an the windaes o thair grund flair flet wis grained an feinished wi a coat or twa o copal vernish but the vernish hid seen better days an they baith decidit a new coat wis wantit tae redd awthin up an gie the place a fresher leuk.

Geordie telt Beenie juist tae gaun intae the haundyman’s shop at the tap o the Wynd the neist mornin an speir for a pint o vernish. He wad gie the door an windaes a wee lick o vernish the neist nicht efter he hid cam hame fae his wark.

Neist mornin, shuir eneuch, Beenie gaed intae the haundyman’s shop an speired a pint o vernish, juist lik Geordie hid telt her tae.

“Is it stain vernish ye’r leukin for hen?” speired the mannie.

“Naw!” reponed Beenie, “It’s for wuid!”

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Information about Document 64

A Wee Lick o Vernish


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 3-5

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2000
Word count 187

Text publication details

Publisher SLRC
Publication year 2000
Place of publication Lallans
ISBN/ISSN 1359-3587
Edition 56, 57
Part of larger text
Contained in Scots Tung Wittins
Editor R. Fairnie
Page numbers 2

Text setting


Text type

Prose: nonfiction


Author details

Author id 95
Forenames Robert
Surname Fairnie
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Consultant Marine Structural Engineer (Retired)
Place of birth Musselburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Musselburgh
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Fisherman
Father's place of birth Musselburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Fishwife
Mother's place of birth Musselburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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German Yes Yes Yes Yes In Germany to communicate with two grandsons
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Wherever Scots is understood