Document 629

Dipper: 17 - Piscatorial Penitence

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


O Roderick MacCallum, Esquire, o Stirlin,
My cheeks are aa blushes, my puir lugs are dirlin
Frae that flytin, three stanza, poetic rebuke,
On the seiven (lucky nummer!) o saumon I tuik
Frae the Doon on the flee: an I hope ye remember
I caught aa my fish in the month o September.
It's a credit tae me that I steyd sane an sober,
For I ne'er had a Pouk throu the hale o October;
Tho I fished the same flee - tae my great consternation,
It workit ower weel for Fish Conservation!

Following my best ever day's fishing on the River Doon, this piece appeared in the Fishing Reports of “Trout and Salmon”:

"September 16 was a particularly memorable day for Dr. Jimmy Begg, of Ayr, when he landed seven salmon on fly. They weighed in at 8lb, 8lb, 8lb, 8lb, 6lb, 6lb, and 5lb, and were all taken on his own version of the Stinchar Stoat's Tail tied on a one-inch copper tube."

The wee poem above was dashed off in ten minutes, in reply to my close friend Roddy's verses on this feat, gently chiding and deriding my claims to be a Salmon Conservationist.

pouk/bite or pull

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Dipper: 17 - Piscatorial Penitence


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1985
Word count 209
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 41

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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