Document 668

Dipper: 56 - Oor Skip

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


Whan Curlers drawn by Winter's caa,
Forgether on the ice,
There's ane that stauns abune them aa,
Skeelie, bauld an wyce.
Aftimes seen in shape o man,
Aiblins that o woman,
Tho streitchin ower the season's span,
Ye'd hardly caa it human!
- That's oor Skip!

There's some that sprauchle 'lang the ice,
An roar like big bull seals,
While ithers cry wi trimmlin vyce
An mouse-like squeaks an squeals;
But gin the soun comes ower strang,
Or saft's ye cannae hear it,
Deil a haet ye daur dae wrang,
For ye're the ane he'll sweir at!
- That's oor Skip!

He'll staun ahint that tee-line,
An niver soop the stane
We're guidin in a bee-line,
Airms workit tae the bane:
Or gie ye ice that's mair nor twice
Whit's needit for a draw,
An juist tae spice this duff advice,
Gies haunle wrang an aa!
- That's oor Skip!

'Hurry! Hurry! Soop!' He'll yell,
'Bring on, bring on that stane!'
Whan ony gomeril cuid tell
It's rinnin like a train!
An like as no we're lyin twa,
Whan the damn stane birlin loose,
Slams in an caas them baith awa
- An skites on throu the hoose!
- That's oor Skip!

We'll tak oot, chap an lie, an gaird,
An soop oor brushes bald:
Nae sinew, jynt or muscle spared
Frae the flytin o that auld
Bugger! - Nou they're lyin yin,
The air is thick wi tension,
But can he draw last stane tae win?
- He cuidnae draw his pension!
- That's oor Skip!

gomeril/stupid person

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Dipper: 56 - Oor Skip


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General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1988
Word count 282
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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Other Audiocassette

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Publisher Luath Press
Publication year 1991
Place of publication Barr, Ayrshire
ISBN/ISSN 0946487227
Edition First
Part of larger text
Contained in The Dipper an the Three Wee Deils: Tales and Poems in Ayrshire Scots
Editor Authors: Dr. J. A. Begg and J. Reid
Page numbers 140-141

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Author id 623
Title Dr
Forenames James
Initials A
Surname Begg
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment University
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Medical Practitioner
Place of birth New Cumnock
Region of birth S Ayr
Birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Ayr
Region of residence S Ayr
Residence CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Clerical Officer, NCB
Father's place of birth Sandbank
Father's region of birth Argyll
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Arg
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Primary Teacher
Mother's place of birth New Cumnock
Mother's region of birth S Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
Danish No No No No A little
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially, at work
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Holidaying in France
Norwegian No No No No A little
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Home, socially, at work