Laurieston Play (b), 1897

W.Gregor (1898c)


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Context:
Location: Laurieston, Kirkudbright, Scotland (NX6864)
Year: Reported 1897
Time of Occurrence: [Not given]
Collective Name: [Not given]

Source:

Rev. Walter Gregor
Further Report on Folklore in Scotland
Report of the Sixty-Seventh Meeting of the British Association, London, Murray, 1898, pp.259-261


Cast: (Click on any name for the character name index.)
Text:

HECTOR

Here comes I, bold Hector;
Bold Hector is my name;
A sword and buckler by my side,
And I'm sure to win the game.

SLASHER

Here comes I, bold Slasher;
Bold Slasher is my name;
A sword and buckler by my side,
And I shall win the game.

HECTOR

You, sir!

SLASHER

I, sir!

HECTOR

Take out your sword and try, sir!

{They fight and Hector falls.}

SLASHER

Oh dear! Oh dear! What's this I've done?
I've killed my brothers all but one.
A doctor, a doctor, ten pounds for a doctor!

{The Doctor enters.}

DOCTOR

Here comes I, old Doctor Brown,
The best old Doctor in the town.

SLASHER

What can you cure?

DOCTOR

All diseases to be sure -
Gout, skout, bully gout, and the carvey.

{He administers medicine to Hector.}

SLASHER

Rouse up, sir; sing us a song.

{Hector rises}

HECTOR

Once I was dead, and now I'm alive.
God bless the doctor that made me survive.
Up and down the mountains, underneath the ground,
Eating bread and biscuits all the year round.

{Johnny Funny enters.}

JOHNNY FUNNY

Here comes I, wee Johnny Funny,
The very wee boy to gather the money;
Pouches down to my knees,
And I'm the boy to gather the bawbees.


Notes:

Indexer’s Notes

Scanned by me from the transcript in B.Hayward (1992) Galoshins : The Scottish Folk Play. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1992, ISBN 07486 0338 7, pp.236-237.

Hayward gives the page in Gregor (1898) as p.259, whereas E.C.Cawte et al (1967) give the pages as pp.459-461.


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22nd February 2002 – Scanned and coded by Peter Millington

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