Check all the Clans that have DNA Projects. If your Clan is not in the list there's a way for it to be listed. Electric Scotland's Classified Directory An amazing collection of unique holiday cottages, castles and apartments, all over Scotland in truly amazing locations.

Poems of George Alexander Rodger


George Alexander Rodger (1908-1980)
A Farmer of 'Croft of Dounie', Kirkmichael, Perthshire, Scotland
[Author of 'GLEANINGS BY 'GLENNER' in 1978]
After his death a tribute was paid to him, and his writings, by ‘The Scots Language Society’, at the Salutation Hotel, Perth on the 4th of December, 1985.

AULD SCOTS WORDS

Of Scots words I ken quite a few,
And if you like I’ll tell them noo,
Working under stress was "trauchle",
A worn old shoe was ca‘ed a "bauchle".
A "divot" was the name for clod,
A fox was often ca'ed a "tod".

The name for earth or soil was "yird",
The name for bat was`baukie-bird".
A coo withoot a horn was "hummelled"
And if you fell, they said "ye tummelled".
The word for cattle-beasts was "nowt",
A youthful stallion was a "cowt".

The auld Scots word for cough was "hoast",
A "bogle" was a Scottish ghost!
A shirt was often called a "sark",
And "mirk" was aye the word for dark,
A blow or knock was known as "dunt",
The stalk of cabbage was a "runt".

A "maukin" was the name for hare,
A "gliff" was the auld word for scare.
The auld Scots word for bowls was "bools",
Instead o' graves they said "the mools".
The name they had for yawn was "gant",
A speech impediment, a "mant".

A flame was often called a "lowe",
A brush was "besom" or a "cowe".
The word they had for comb was "caim",
Your tummy was a "kite" or "wame",
A reel of thread was aye a "pirn",
To weep would be to "greet" or "girn".

They aye said "daur" instead o' dare,
A "glower" the word they had for stare.
The auld Scots word for hear was "hark!",
A "lav'rock" was the gay skylark.
When folk were tired they felt "forfochen",
The word for quenching thirst was "slochen".

A drunkard was a "drooth" or "boozer",
A travelling stallion was a "cooser".
The auld Scots word for trust was "lippen",
A baby's napkin was a "hippen".
A Scottish midwife was a "howdie",
The mole was often termed "mowdie".

A "ratton" was their name for rat,
And "baudrons" was a pussy-cat.
Directions were described as "airts",
And playing cards were known as "cartes".
A sheep enclosure was a "fank",
Likewise a ditch was called a "stank".

Folk feeling sad would be "gey dowie",
A little barrel was a "bowie".
"Auld Nick" was how they styled The Deevil,
A porridge pot-stick was a "theevil".
To fondle tenderly was "cuddlin'",
And catchin' troots by hand was "guddlin'”.

Colic in horses was a "teenge",
For scourin' pots wives used a "reenge".
For puff or pant the word was "pech",
The vulgar name for flea was "flech!"
The shafts o' carts were aye ca'ed "trams",
Knee-belts of course were "nicky-tams".

A wee stack was a "hut" or "frandy",
Licentious conduct — "houghmagandie".
To "flype" was turn outside in,
And "widdershins" was 'gainst the sun,
Green level meadow-lands were "haughs",
The soople willow wands were "saughs".

Ben-the-hoose was named "the spence",
And "gumption" meant plain common-sense.
"Aise" was the auld Scots name for ashes,
The word for troublesome was "fashious".
A cattleman was styled "the purler",
A piece of bed-room ware "a durler".

A brisk young chap would be a "birkie",
A "bubbly-jock" was a male turkey.
The blacksmith's shop was aye "the smiddy",
Dirty, ragged bairns were "duddie".
A small amount was "tic" or "wheen",
Christina's name was cut to "Teen".

The curlews were described as "whaups",
And brose-bowls made o' wood were "caups".
"Girss" was the ancient word for grass,
A "cuddy" was the humble ass.

I've reached the end o' my lang tether,
I hope that you've enjoyed my blether!

To Readers who have come thus far
I'll say, "TA, TA," and "AU REVOIR".



Return to our Poetry Index Page