Document 1474

The Feartie-Cat

Author(s): Rowena M Love

Copyright holder(s): Rowena M Love


A feartie-cat, an richt hen-hertit,
Ah’m shair tae loass onie rammie -
Fur well afore it wud even be stertit
Whae’d be skirlin fur his mammie?

Ah wud!

Fae uncannie craiturs Ah’d jouk awa
Tremmlin, souchin, sairly fleggit
Ah’d coorie doon, mak masel sma
Fae sic beasties whae wudnae leg it?

Ah huv!

“Cushie, cushie,” the corbie wud ca,
As a wirricow’s speirer oot,
Kecklin michtily as Ah lowped the wa,
He’s clypin tae carlines so wud Ah scoot?

Wud ah?!

A hushle o’ hey in runkelt claes
Wi a tumshie heid an a battered hat
Mochie, holie, seen better days -
Whae on eird cud be feart o that?

Ah cud!

A wee peep an Ah’m aa peelie-wallie,
Ne’er min a fleysome tattie-bogle!
Feart as Ah am o ma ain shaddae
Whit does it tak, ma smeddum tae coggle?


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The Feartie-Cat


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Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 1998
Word count 151

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Magazine (e-zine)
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Publication year 1998
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Author details

Author id 1068
Forenames Rowena
Initials M
Surname Love
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1960
Educational attainment University, PCGE and Maîtrise
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher and writer
Place of birth Dumbarton
Region of birth Dunbarton
Birthplace CSD dialect area Dnbt
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Troon
Region of residence S Ayr
Residence CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Master Mariner and Teacher
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 Nurse
Mother's place of birth Rankinston
Mother's region of birth N Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work and home
French Yes Yes Yes Yes At work, on holiday
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes At home, occasionally at work