Willie Buckthorne Had a Cow 1. Willie Buckthorne had a cow, They ca'd her Killiecrankie; She fell o'er the auld-bane dyke And broke her covenantie. Hinck, spinck, sma' drink Het yill and brandie; Round about the haystack Seeking hochmagandie. 2. Willie Buck had a coo, They ca'd her Leddy Pentie, She fell owre the Brig o' Dee And bruke her Covenainty; The King's Covenainty, The King's Covenee, And a' the Deuks o' Gordon Were gaun awa' to flee! 3. Will Broo hed a coo, They ca'd her Lady Penty. She fell ower the Brig o' Dee And broke her covenentie. Hey, covenentie! Hey, covenee! A' the fowk in Aiberdeen Cam' rinnin' oot tae see. ________________________________________________________ (1) Thomas Wilkie MS. notebooks (1813-15) in NLS, per Thomas Crawford, Love, Labour and Liberty (1976), 17. (2) Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 172 (4 lines), from Kirriemuir, common 50 years before, i.e. c. 1860; whence SC 48 (no. 45). (3) Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 18. Hink-skink is a variety of small beer: cf. Chambers PRS (1847), 319, (1870), 392: There's first guid ale, and syne guid ale, And second ale, and some, Hink-skink, and ploughman's drink, And scour-the-gate, and trim. Another form is inkie-pinkie [perhaps the same as hickery- pickery, a purgative, originally a corruption of Latin (and Greek) hiera picra], reduced to ink, pink, as in a milder version of Wilkie's lines: Ink, pink, sma' drink, Het yill and brandy: Scud aboot the haystack: And you'll get sugar-candy. [SND V.281, quoting R. Wallace's ed. (1899) of James Shaw, A Country Schoolmaster, originating in Dumfries, c. 1800, p. 380.] MS oct99
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