Document 643

Dipper: 31 - Girnin Beardies

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


On warm simmer days awa frae schule,
We played on the banks o the Rocky Puil,
Whaur, wearit wi ower much divin an doukin,
We'd pou on some claes an skive aboot luikin
For the flouer wi uised tae girn Beardies.

Few kent it by name, juist kent by sicht,
- Wha caad it a Ragwort micht aiblins be richt!
We'd grup it an pou it clean oot by the ruits
That were lang, thin an white, an nae uise for troots
- But they made a grand girn for the Beardies.

We'd strip aa the leaves frae tap tae fuit,
Syne snip aff aa but the langest ruit -
That we'd twist roun aboot in a slidin knot,
An 'Boab's yer uncle', whit hae ye got
- But a girn for catchin Beardies!

The wee specklt troot is baith skeich an smert,
Ae splash o a fuit an awa he'll dert,
But the puir wee Beardie a-wantin brains,
Hauds-in deid still amang the stanes
- For that's aye the wey wi Beardies.

As he lays in the watter - shammin deid,
We draw the girn cannily ower his heid,
An set it juist richt, doun ahint his lug,
Then a flick o the wrist - we'll gie it a rug
- An wi luck we hae girnt a Beardie!

beardie/stone loach

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Dipper: 31 - Girnin Beardies


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General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1991
Word count 230
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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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 79

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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