Jock, Speak, and Sandy Jock, Speak, and Sandy, Wi' a' their lousy train Round about by Errinborra, We'll never meet again. Gae head 'im, gae hang 'im, Gae lay 'im in the sea; A' the birds o' the air Will bear him companee. With a nig-nag, widdy- [or worry-] bag, And an e'endown trail, trail; Quoth he. ________________________________________________________ Jamieson [1825, per Gomme I.228]; also Ford CR 72. A rhyme repeated by a player in the game of "Hornie Holes", (Roxburgh) described thus: A game in which four play, a principal and an assistant on each side. A. stands with his assistant at one hole, and throws what is called a Cat (a piece of stick, and frequently a sheep's horn) with the design of making it alight in another hole at some distance, at which B. and his assistant stand ready to drive it aside. The bat or driver is rod resembling a walking-stick. [The rhyme] is repeated by a player on the one side, while they on the other are gathering in the Cats, and is attested by old people as of great antiquity. The game is also called "Kittie-cat"; Gomme compares "Cat and Dog, "Cudgel", "Tip-cat". Worry-bag seems to be a nonce word, but widdy-bag might be a bag made of withies, soft pliant twigs. MS APR99
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