Document 249


Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


Day was when Ma'dve died of shame
To see the grocer put her name
Wi' them that couldnae cash their way.
To ask for tick, for time to pay.

No, goin' a message, me or Shaun
Had aye the money in wir haun'
For bully-beef or cheapest tea
Or makin's of a barley bree.

For, a' her days, by darg or dint
(though whiles gey near to bein' skint!)
Of patchin', mendin', makin'-do
Ma kept at bay the big Taboo,

The credit, debt, goin' on the slate
The things that fair humiliate
The dire disgrace, the black affront
And Grocer Campbell's surly grunt.

But, come the Thirties and the dole
What irks and burrs you had to thole!
Pa's navy suit goin' into pawn
Or else cut-doon to breeks for Shaun,

Beg bones for soup that's boiled up twice't
The bread for pieces thin-thin sliced,
Or near goin' down on bended knees
Into hock for a wee-bit cheese.

But, what was infinitely worse,
Slump ended wi' but blacker curse
Men back to work at gadgets for
The sick, sad boom...of making war.

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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 194

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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


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
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