Document 666

Dipper: 54 - Fishers!

Author(s): Dr James A Begg

Copyright holder(s): Dr James A Begg


The other side of the angling coin! J.A.B.

Envisage the idyllic scene,
Enshrined in print and book,
As leafy glades it flows between
- The rippling, rustling brook.
His happy wand the angler plies
O'er streamy runs and wimples,
And casts his gaily-coloured flies
O'er each trout's rising dimples.

His brother angler 'cross the stream,
He cheerfully regales,
And 'neath the shady bough he'll dream
Of fish as big as whales.
At peace with self, and fellow man,
With Earth, and Universe,
Tranquillity beyond our ken,
Tranquillity - ma erse!

Alane, himsel, or whiles in pairs,
Oor fishers maun be couthie,
But gethert three, or fower or mair's
An invite for a stushie!
They'll argie wha's furst doun the puils
By fishin etiquette;
Daur yin tak fish, the ither fuils
Are shuir tae tak the pet!

On Competition days there's aye
A protest or a ruction,
As 'brither anglers' tak the wey
Tae freenship's self-destruction.
In measly minds ill-naitur dwells,
O that I hae nae dout,
They'd as shuin cast oot amang themsels,
As cast a flee for troot!

Committee meetins aye bring oot
The warst ill-gabbit crack;
The guttin knife that's meant for troot
'S mair like tae stab yer back!
As fiction triumphs ower fact,
An lees tak ower their lives,
Some less an less like fishers act,
An mair like auld fishwives!

Juist tell me this, I hae tae ken,
Gif it be true or not;
Are curlin, boolin, gowfin men
Aa taintit wi this rot?
Or is it as I badly fear,
That fishers are unique?
If that's the case, I'll sadly sweir
There's times they mak me seik!

tak the pet/take the huff

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Dipper: 54 - Fishers!


Text audience

General public
Audience size 1000+

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1988
Word count 300
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 135-136

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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