"Hornie Holes" is a boys'
game in which four play, a principal and assistant on either side. A
stands with his assistant at one hole, and throws what is called a "cat"
(a piece of stick. or a sheep's horn), with the design of making it
alight into, another hole at some distance, at which B stands, with his
assistant, to drive it aside with his rod resembling a walking-stick.
The following unintelligible rhyme is repeated by a player on the one
side, while they on the other are gathering in the "cats." This is
attested by old people as of great antiquity:-
Jock, Speak and Sandy,
Wi' a' their lousie train,
Round about by Edinbro',
Will never meet again.
Gae head 'im, gae hang 'im,
Gae lay him in the sea;
A' the birds o' the air
Will bear 'im companie.
With a nig-nag, widdyŚ(or worry) bag,
And an e'endown trail, trail.
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