Document 659

Dipper: 47 - The Fishin Committee

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


Lines written on being refused admission, without a word of explanation, to membership of a small fishing club somewhere in South Ayrshire! J.A.B.

Committee men o M------- Club
I dinnae tak it as a snub,
Gin ye thocht fit my name tae scrub
Frae aff yer leet;
I winna want tae fish yer dub,
- An winna greit!

Tho aft I thocht I'd like tae spen
Some gloamin oors wi Carrick men,
Fishin their loch frae en tae en,
Wi crack an smile;
Gif that's yer Carrick welcome then
- I'll bide in Kyle!

An if the reason's as I think,
Aa linkit up wi whaur ye drink,
An wha thegither glesses clink,
Drawn heid tae heid;
I dout if I cuid staun the stink
O fish "lang deid"!

I winna want tae jyne yer "clique",
Ill-gab bit folk aye mak me seik,
Juist pray yer boats ne'er spring a leak,
- An wat behinds:
May the biggest troots ye'll ever seek
Be's smaa's yer minds!


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Dipper: 47 - The Fishin Committee


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1988
Word count 185
General description Anthology of prizewinning and other Scots poems, and short stories in Ayrshire Scots.

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Other Audiocassette

Text publication details

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 121

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Author details

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